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Patrick Rucker
Fanfare, November 2012

The Polonaise from Onegin, easily the most familiar work on the disc, is given an extrovert reading that highlights its profusion of opulent pianistic detail without obscuring the overall structure and momentum of the dance. Dossin’s interpretation readily holds its own beside those older, famous ones of Cziffra and Ponti, and perhaps surpasses them in its unforced poise and characteristic voice. Dossin approaches Alyabyev’s The Nightingale, set by Liszt as a veritable mini-Russian rhapsody, with intelligence and finesse.

The longest piece on the program is the Tarantella by César Cui, possibly Liszt’s very last transcription of another composer’s work. If proof were needed that the acuity of Liszt’s perceptions and the richness of his imagination remained undiminished to the end, the Tarantella by César Cui provides ample testimony. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review

Woo Soo Kang
American Record Guide, November 2012

Russian pianist Dossin is a virtuoso of the first order who performs these pieces with clarity, good pacing, and musical sense…an impressive showcase of Russian literature, performed with technical virtuosity and great sensitivity.

The quality of the recording is superb. In accordance with Liszt’s original intention with his transcriptions, Dossin’s performance of these inventive arrangements illuminates these Russian pieces. Much recommended. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2012

The ‘Complete Piano Music’ of Franz Liszt has now reached volume thirty-five, and we are in the world of his music that few will have heard before. As a touring virtuoso pianist, Liszt made three extended visits to Russia, his first concert in St. Petersburg being attended by an audience of three thousand. He certainly came into contact with leading Russian composers of the time while he was there, but many of his piano transcriptions of their music were composed long after, by which time he had retired as a performer. The present disc contains thirteen pieces using works from a range of composers, Tchaikovsky being at the well-known end, to the totally unknown output of Count Vielgorsky. Not even Liszt could make the proverbial ‘silk purse from a sow’s ear’, and however much he dresses the original melodic idea, he cannot disguise that much here was of commonplace origin. Listen to the myriad of notes which he wraps around Piotr Boulakhov’s Chanson bohemienne as an example. Yet slip down the tracks and you find beautiful arrangements of Circassian March from Glinka’s opera Ruslan und Ludmilla, and a vivacious Tarentelle by Dargomijkski. My favourite track comes with the transcription of Anton Rubinstein’s song Der Asra where Liszt largely contents himself with a simple transcription of accompaniment and vocal line.  There are technical hurdles at every twist and turn of these transcriptions, and you can feel the Brazilian-born pianist, Alexandre Dossin, preparing himself for the more formidable moments. A very lifelike piano sound. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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