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Liszt - Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
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  1. Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (LW A179)
  2. Berceuse (II), for piano in D flat major, S. 174/2 (LW A186/2)
  3. Petrarch Sonnets II (3), for piano, S.161/4-6 (LW A55/4-6) (Années II/4-6)
  4. Réminiscences de Norma, for piano, S. 394 (LW A77) (after Bellini)
  5. Ave Maria, transcription for piano, S. 558/12 (LW A42/12) (after Schubert)
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Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, who has made a close study of historical Liszt recordings, says that there are passages where one feels that Liszt might not have played the music the same way each time. Liszt was, after all, a matinee idol first and foremost and one who cultivated an image of unpredictable genius. Some pianists stress the monumental nature of the Piano Sonata in B minor; some emphasize the experimental nature of the composer's music, its chromaticism, and its jagged, irregular surfaces. Grosvenor, though, is ...