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‘Liszt was one of the greatest wizards of the piano, and his Transcendental Études are a testament to this. The sheer viscerality of them can be staggering, and their almost vertiginous pianism has hardly ever been surpassed in the 150 years since their composition. It’s never about empty virtuosity, though: the Études are evocative and colourful tone poems, with passion, drama, lyricism and a powerful imagination combining to form an incredibly rich pianistic tapestry.’

Boris Giltburg

Franz LISZT (1811–1886)
Études d’exécution transcendante
La leggierezza
Rigoletto Paraphrase

Boris Giltburg, Piano

Liszt’s Études d’exécution transcendante enshrine the spirit of High Romanticism, embodying extremes of expressive drama and technical virtuosity. His encyclopedic approach to technique is shown at its most dazzling in this cycle, heard here in the 1852 revision which Liszt himself declared ‘the only authentic one’. Integration of musical and technical elements is absolute, and the music’s narratives are supported by dramatic physicality, an orchestral richness of sonority, and an exceptional colouristic quality.

Listen to an extract from the Transcendental Études:
No. 8 in C Minor, "Wilde Jagd"
About the Artist
Boris Giltburg | © Sasha Gusov
The young Moscow-born Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg is lauded across the globe as a deeply sensitive, insightful and compelling musician. Born in 1984 in Moscow, he moved to Tel Aviv at an early age, studying with his mother and then with Arie Vardi. He went on to win numerous awards, most recently the Second (and audience) Prize at the Rubinstein Competition in 2011, and in 2013 he won First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, catapulting his career to a new level. In 2015 he began a long-term recording plan with Naxos. At home with repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Shostakovich, in recent years he has been increasingly recognised as a leading interpreter of Rachmaninov.
Boris Giltburg’s previous recordings on Naxos
8.573629
RACHMANINOV, S.:
Piano Concerto No. 2
Études-tableaux, Op. 33

Giltburg • Royal Scottish
National Orchestra • Prieto
★★★★★
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‘Boris Giltburg certainly has something fresh to say in Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto… and in his new Naxos recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Carlos Miguel Prieto, he says it elegantly and eloquently.’
Gramophone
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8.573630
RACHMANINOV, S.:
Piano Concerto No. 3
Variations on a Theme of Corelli

Giltburg • Royal Scottish
National Orchestra • Prieto
★★★★★
★★★★
‘Giltburg’s masterfully coherent, richly detailed, colourful and overall exciting account of Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto is a real treat. The pianist is extremely well supported by the Scottish National under Carlos Miguel Prieto in a well-balanced recording.’
Pizzicato
★★★★★
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‘[Giltburg’s] originality stems from a convergence of heart and mind, served by immaculate technique and motivated by a deep and abiding love for one of the 20th century’s greatest composer-pianists.’
Gramophone
★★★★★
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‘Giltburg has the capacity to identify with and encapsulate the moods of each piece while artlessly crafting them into a shapely span.’
Daily Telegraph (UK) ★★★★
8.573666
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.:
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
String Quartet No. 8
(arranged for piano
by Boris Giltburg)

Giltburg • Owens • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra • Petrenko
★★★★
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‘These are big, bold, in-your-face performances that find a wider range of expression in both works than you might have believed possible.’
ClassicsToday.com
★★★★
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‘Boris Giltburg’s well thought, yet always fresh and spontaneous playing is convincing by its intellectual freedom and the harmonious combination of energy and sensitivity.’
Pizzicato ★★★★


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