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.
PREVIEW 8. Étude No. 8 (Wilde Jagd) (C Minor)
Wilde Jagd is a marvellous musical adventure and a stunning romantic masterpiece. It is also a sort of festival of the pianistic jumps and staccato, culminating in a gorgeous and very difficult finale. The middle section is an oasis of astonishing beauty. In this case, the differences between the Études d'exécution transcendante and the Grandes Études are important and full of meaning. A comparison between the initial theme of Grande Étude No. 8 and that of Wilde Jagd shows the main difference between Grandes Études and Transcendental Études: in the first cycle Liszt's music is grand, gigantic and overflowing, in the second cycle concise, compact and succinct. Probably, the different shape of the initial theme is also a sign of the evolution of the power of sound of the pianos: in 1851 Liszt was able to obtain the same FFF by using less notes, in 1837 he had to use a very complicated pianistic form, to obtain the same results. The Étude No. 8 S136 seems a technical exercise, but its powerful impetus already recalls the titanic energy of Wilde Jagd.