Liszt: Complete Piano Vol. 37 [Jue Wang] [Naxos: 8572808]
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Franz Liszt's three pieces inspired by the sonnets of Petrarch were written in Italy after his elopement with Marie d'Agoult. They describe the dawning and power of love, the beauty of the poet's mistress, and the pain which love brings. Further Italian themes are explored in the virtuoso Venezia e Napoli
, while the charming Klavierstück No. 2 comes from the period after the couple's bitter parting. The stormy Toccata is from Liszt's old age, and the formidable Grand Galop chromatique
was one of his favorite crowd-pleasing encores. Our Franz Liszt Complete Piano Music series continues with a strong following and excellent reviews, such as the Gramophone 'Recommendation' of Vol. 32, (8.570768), described as "a distinguished offering, well recorded, of special interest and played with total musical commitment."