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Liszt: Opera And Song For Solo Piano / Gabor Farkas

Release Date: 01/20/2017
Label: Steinway & Sons Catalog #: 30065
Composer:  Franz Liszt Performer:  Gábor Farkas

Hungarian virtuoso Gábor Farkas performs a stunning recital of opera and song by Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Chopin and Schumann in formidable arrangements by Franz Liszt for solo piano.

“From the word go you know you are in a safe pair of hands- not that Farkas is inclined to play it safe when it comes to tempi and the music’s more perilous passages- with a warm, velvety sound throughout his wide dynamic range, and an innate grasp of Liszt’s idiom.”
-- Gramophone

"One of those dead solid perfect records, it’s a wealth of riches for the classical fan here as Farkas has the smarts to give you an excursion into the familiar pointing out places you’ve never fully heard before. Quite the dazzling
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-- MidWest Record

"the more I listened to Farkas’s Totentanz the more remarkable it seemed. This isn’t a wunderkind out to impress; no, there’s a certainty of shape and a depth of imagination to this man’s playing that speaks of a talent far beyond his years. That’s also true of the Faust paraphrase, where the waltz is given a gorgeous lilt and the music-box-like tinkle of what follows is so delicately done. . Farkas is unfailingly articulate and proportionate, both here and in the themes from Verdi’s Aïda. Farkas is a first-class Lisztian; the recording is top-notch, too."

-- Dan Morgan, MusicWeb International

"This collection of works asks a lot from a pianist—and Hungarian Gábor Farkas, now in his middle 30s, emerges as one of those rare players who seemingly has it all. Even more impressive, he has the judgment to deploy it with outstanding (and lustrously engineered) recital. Strongly recommended."

--Peter J. Rabinowitz, Fanfare
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