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Michelle Assay
Gramophone, September 2019

Piemontesi gives a brief but charming introduction to the ‘Dante Sonata’. Perhaps the best thing about the film is the chance to hear the sonnets of Petrarch read in Italian. The music of the words in the vernacular suggests that this may have determined Liszt’s responses as much as the meaning and subject matter.

Piemontesi shows the same qualities of sensitivity and intelligence that come across in the film. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Roy Westbrook
MusicWeb International, August 2019

Piemontesi gives a terrific account of this [Dante Sonata] splendid work, from the tritone-infested opening, where his pedalling gives just the right degree of ominous mystery, through the demonic passages of chromatic lamentation, and on to the chorale-like second theme with its precipitato double octaves. The lovely ‘Francesca da Rimini’ episode is lyrical balm after all the infernal struggles, and the advanced harmonies of the coda are sensitively realised in the weighting of the final chords. This Dante Sonata sets the seal on an outstanding disc. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, August 2019

Piemontesi fits the bill, not as powerfully as Horowitz and Kaufmann, perhaps, but with everything in place: wonderful phrase shaping, a singing line, and the ability to hold the listener in rapt attention.

Piemontesi is in his element here, because he has a poetic gift. He is so tender and melodically refined… © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



International Piano, August 2019

As in his previous disc of Book 1, Piemontesi shows himself a pianist of exceptional refinement allied to consummate technical demand. © 2019 International Piano



Charles T. Downey
Ionarts, July 2019

Rather than Venezia e Napoli, the supplement Liszt later added to the second volume of his collection, Piemontesi prefaces it with the first of the Deux Légendes, pieces dedicated to miracles associated with Liszt’s two name saints. This turns out to be the highlight of the disc, with pastel-light avian trills twittering around the unison lines of St. Francis of Assisi preaching to the birds. © 2019 Ionarts Read complete review



The Northern Echo, June 2019

This DVD shows not only the beauty of the landscape but also interesting statements of Francesco Piemontesi about his actual recording. A must for Liszt devotees. © 2019 The Northern Echo





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