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Sang Woo Kang
American Record Guide, January 2014

Wolfram delivers a thoughtful and nuanced reading of Liszt’s transcriptions of Wagner opera pieces. With a commanding keyboard presence, Wolfram’s impressive approach, wide-ranging and clear without overusing the pedal, captures the sweep of Wagner’s vision. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



John Terauds
Musical Toronto, September 2013

Blend Richard Wagner’s complex operatic music with Franz Liszt’s love of fireworks, and you get the sort of showstopping pieces that only an iron-fingered, adrenaline-junkie pianist would dare tackle.

…William Wolfram…serves us up something truly special.

The finest achievement on this album is how Wolfram finds the right balance between the grand and showy and the intimate. And, aurally anyway, it doesn’t sound as if the pianist is even breaking a sweat.

The music is a treat from start to finish… © 2013 Musical Toronto Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2013

Wagner was, both artistically and financially, deeply indebted to Franz Liszt, who did much to secure performances of his operas in major venues across Europe. That extended to a series of transcriptions for piano that took Wagner’s music to places that would never be able to stage his massive operas. They were…a straightforward adaptation of the opera score…Frequently requiring pianists with three hands, they are often incredibly difficult, and would have also been used to show the virtuosity of Liszt when he included them in his concerts. The present disc contains ten pieces mostly using music taken from Lohengrin, but it also includes a sizeable extract from the first act of Parsifal. For the performer the most fiendishly difficult moments come in the Pilgrim’s Chorus from Tannhauser, the melodic line and the accompaniment moving from one hand to the other with such rapidity. If William Wolfram here shows his outstanding virtuosity, he is equally compelling in the simplicity of the Wedding March from Lohengrin. The disc forms volume 36 of the complete piano music of Liszt, and both from a performance and recording standpoint, it is certainly one of the jewels of the series. © David’s Review Corner






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