Peter J. Rabinowitz
, November 2007
…the performances are consistently first-rate. Not surprisingly, Osorio is at his best in such works as “Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest” (implacable in its progress), “La puerta del vino” (with its towering climaxes—try, for instance, the ff interruption six measures before the end), and “Feux d’artifice” (played with breathtaking sizzle). But most of the quieter preludes are persuasive, too: “Les fées sonts d’exquises danseuses” could be more feathery, perhaps, but it could hardly be more mercurial; and “La fille aux cheveux de lin” is set out with artful simplicity.
The texturally eventful Liszt performances are, if anything, even better: certainly, few pianists have drawn as much emotion from the way the roiling accompaniments of the “Sonetti del Petrarca” play off against the melodies. “Jeux d’eau” gets a torrential reading—more a waterfall than a water fountain; and the set concludes with a staggering account of “Vallée d’Obermann,” not as acrobatic as Volodos’s recent gussied-up version, but more vividly characterized. © 2007 Fanfare Read complete review