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    Quote Originally Posted by lextune View Post
    Pogorelich's studio recording is 34 minutes, and brilliant. His 49 minute live version from 2012 is bizarre in the extreme, and sort of depressing.

    Valery Afanassiev made a studio recording in 2000 for Denon that is 42 minutes. It is unbelievably slow in places. Glacial.

    I know of no longer studio recording.
    Hough and Buniatishvili both clock in at 31 minutes, practically to the second! She is faster in the virtuosic passages, but more lingering in the poetic passages, so a wash.
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    I am listening to this for the first time. Thanks to all on this thread for awakening me to it. I had coincidentally just received the Paul Lewis cd. I also have a Jorge Bolet recording. I'm in no position to compare but it is an amazingly lovely work. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lextune View Post
    Pogorelich's studio recording is 34 minutes, and brilliant. His 49 minute live version from 2012 is bizarre in the extreme, and sort of depressing.

    Valery Afanassiev made a studio recording in 2000 for Denon that is 42 minutes. It is unbelievably slow in places. Glacial.

    I know of no longer studio recording.
    It is perfect in every way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lextune View Post
    And so bland!

    ....as I said in the original post, Leslie Howard's version is almost unbearably bland and fast to the point of total failure. It is a shame, since during his incredible traversal of the complete works, he blessed us with so much wonderful Liszt. To quote another reviewer "unfortunately he makes it sound like just another opera transcription".
    I appreciate his scholarship, as I do other pianists', such as Schiff and Rosen.

    Though I enjoyed his Liszt Sonata dissection very much, handcuff master-classing is not to be taken too seriously when it comes to buying your vision/version of what sounds right.

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    I enjoy Liszt's sonata, it's a magnificent piece

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael42 View Post
    I enjoy Liszt's sonata, it's a magnificent piece
    Who's your favourite pianist on this piece?
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    Here's a Liszt Sonata played by Pogorelich in 2012 that is over an hour long! Now, I used to love his playing, but I seriously can't defend that. (The video lasts for 93 minutes--he also played a Chopin Nocturne.)

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    The sound is very horrible, so I could not listen all the way through, but I appreciated the feelings and emotions he evoked.

    I consider his DG recording to be one of the best interpretations of this work.
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    Wow...an hour?! Cripes.

    ...the less said the better I suppose.

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    I just received this recording of it today by Francois Frederic Guy--very powerful and poetic. Leslie Howard would hate it, so that is a good sign! (It also contains Harmonies Poetiques Et Religieus.)

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    I have just completed my auditioning of 13 versions, listening to many of them two or three times. These include Argerich, Arrau, Buniatishvili, Demidenko, Grimaud, Horowitz (from a 2009 Carnegie Hall concert private collection), Hough, Kissin, Pogorelich, Pollini, Richter, Wang, and Zimerman.

    Amongst my criteria are depth of feeling along with technique. Zimerman is alone at the top, followed (not necessarily in order) by Arrau, Pogorelich, Kissin (never recorded commercially, so poor sound), Argerich, and Buniatishvili.

    The others certainly have something to offer, but too often jaw-dropping technique is at the expense of conveying the feelings and emotions that for me are a vital component of this piece.
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