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Jonathan Welsh
MusicWeb International, September 2020

This is the first of a series of recordings made in cooperation between Naxos and the Birmingham Conservatoire and features the Russian pianist Andrey Ivanov in more of Liszt’s myriad wonderful transcriptions.

This is a marvellously recorded disc by a superb pianist who clearly has a fine musical sense, the technique to deal with some of Liszt’s horribly difficult paraphrases and the ability to play with great feeling elsewhere where required. The recording is extremely clear and captures the nuances of Mr. Ivanov’s playing perfectly.

I urge you to go out and buy it, even if you aren’t really a Liszt fan, as it shows you the amazing abilities of the composer to translate orchestral works into viable piano pieces and furthermore it showcases a very talented pianist who deserves to become very well known.  Full marks to all concerned—and I am already looking forward to his next CD. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2020

The fifty-fifth disc in Naxos’s Complete Piano Music of Franz Liszt is largely given to transcriptions of music by his successor in Weimar, the forgotten, Eduard Lassen.

In 1858 he replaced Liszt as Music Director, a most important appointment, and though he composed operas, they had little success, his incidental music for Hebbel’s play Das Nibelungen and Goethe’s Faust was, at best, workaday music. It was at its most imposing in the Symphonic Intermezzo made from music for a Calderon play. Liszt had better material in Donizetti’s successful opera, Lucrezia Borgia, and here, at last, the young Belarusian pianist, Andrey Ivanov, has the scope to impress with a virtuoso showpiece. And so he continues through Weber and some well-known Mendelssohn with two extracts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, his curious idea of the tempo for the Wedding March having the bride doing a ‘hop, skip and jump’ progression. That apart this multi-awarding pianist greatly impresses as hands flash around the keyboard. A well filled disc at eighty-one minutes, in excellently engineered sessions recorded in the UK’s Birmingham Conservatoire where Ivanov studied. © 2020 David’s Review Corner





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