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.
10. Étude No. 10 Allegro agitato molto (F Minor)
Busoni called this piece 'Appassionata' and indeed it is a splendid, gorgeous and impressive Romantic Étude, with one of the most beautiful 'stretta' finale ever written. It is also very difficult to play, demanding a supreme co-ordination and a superb left hand. Unbelievable but true, the Grande Étude No. 10 is harder to play than the 'Appassionata'. The Grande Étude No. 10 perhaps collects the hardest piano difficulties of all time in one piece only. Jumps, speed, acrobatics and techniques for a large hand only (an amazing hand span of eleven notes is at least physically required to play certain passages with confidence and agility) are the bearing vaults of one of most beautiful and exciting pieces ever written for piano. A terrific 'Presto feroce' precedes the marvellous finale. The 1826 version, S136, is really more simple. However, after an amusing beginning, this piece becomes the most Romantic piece of the 1826 cycle with its terrific and stormy finale, very difficult to play and already really transcendental.