B-A-C-H, Totentanz, Sonata in B minor
Markus Groh, piano
£13.49 (Hybrid SACD)
The young pianist Markus Groh, first prize winner at the Queen Elizabeth competition in 1995, makes his recording debut with a stunning performance of Liszt’s iconic B minor Sonata together with the lesser heard Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H and Totentanz, more commonly heard in the version for piano and orchestra. Groh’s performance loses none of the impact, however. This is a tour de force of masterly piano playing. Groh’s impressive international itinerary includes performances of the great romantic repertoire with such orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He is a regular visitor to Japan and also performs frequently in his native Germany. Liszt’s technicolour writing and Groh’s pianistic fireworks are brought to vivid life by the SACD recording.
Franz LISZT (1811 – 1886)
1. Sonata in B minor (31:12)
2. Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H (11:33)
3. Totentanz (16:12)
Total time 59:00
Recorded 20 – 22 December 2004, Reitstadel – Neumarkt/Oberfalz, Germany
Producer: Elmar Zilberman
Sound Engineer and Editing: Peter Länger
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