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Harmonies du soir from Nelson Freire

Franz Liszt:
Waldesrauschen (Zwei Konzertetüden, S. 145 #1)
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage, Deuxième année: Italie, S. 161 #5)
Valse oubliée in F Sharp Major, S. 215 #1
Ballade #2 in B minor, S. 171
Au lac de Wallenstadt (Années de pèlerinage, Première année: Suisse, S. 160 #2)
Hungarian Rhapsody #3 in B Flat Major, S. 244 #3
Six Consolations, S. 172
Harmonies du soir (Douze Études d’exécution transcendante, S. 139 #11)

Nelson Freire, piano
Decca 4782728 DDD

Nelson Freire

Harmonies du soir from Nelson Freire

With his new CD appropriately titled “Harmonies du soir” Nelson Freire brings a magnificent homage to Franz Liszt’s bicentenary. In a smart and beautifully recorded recital the Brazilian pianist browses Liszt’s career and highlights with impeccable style various sides of the composer’s multifaceted output. Founded on a spotless technique, Freire’s playing is characterized by elegance, clarity and warmth. He finds a stunning array of colors and moods, while his spontaneous approach ensures that we hear even the more familiar pieces of this handpicked program with fresh ears. There is no way to suspect his Liszt of bombast or showiness and even if some of the music can grow pretty stormy, Freire never forces the issue but always places sensibility before outward glitter. It is Liszt seen by a mature artist and it is compelling from start to end.
Read the full review on Classical Net