Recorded in April 2015 at Vellon Studio, Italy, on a Grotrian-Steinweg ca. 1930.
Pianist virtuoso Simone Jennarelli plays the complete 12 Études d'exécution transcendante S139, the famous impressive technical and musical masterwork by Liszt. Recorded in April 2015.
4. Étude No. 4 (Mazeppa) (D Minor)
Unbelievable jumps, supreme co-ordination required, powerful passages, stormy octaves, whirling speed and the relief of the theme very difficult to obtain: this is the famous Mazeppa! This piece is probably the most difficult Étude of the whole cycle (with Feux follets). In this case the technical difficulties are at the same level of those of the more difficult Grande Études S137. In the 1837 version there are not the beautiful cadenza at the beginning, the recitativo and the splendid finale of the 1851/1852 version. However there are a beautiful first repeat of the main theme that recalls the orchestral Symphonic Poem Mazeppa and a crazy beginning with terrific octaves at the left hand! The lyric central section sounds similar in 1851/1852 and in the 1837 version, but actually S139 is fluent and essential and S137 is overloaded with unnecessary notes. The Étude No. 4 S136 (1826) seems the sketch of the musical accompaniment of the beginning of the famous Mazeppa S139: they share the same technique, but in this 1826 version there is not the magnificent main theme.