Jue Wang (piano)
Franz Liszt's three pieces inspired by the sonnets of Petrarch were written in Italy after his elopement with Marie d'Agoult. They describe the dawning and power of love, the beauty of the poet's mistress, and the pain which love brings. Further Italian themes are explored in the virtuoso Venezia e Napoli, while the charming Klavierstuck No 2 comes from the period after the couple's bitter parting. The stormy Toccata is from Liszt's old age, and the formidable Grand Galop chromatique was one of his favorite crowd-pleasing encores. Appearing for the first time on Naxos, Jue Wang has won First Prize and Gold Medal at the 16th Santander Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition and has made successful dï¿½buts at prestigious venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall and London?s Wigmore Hall.
Liszt Tre Sonetti del Petrarca S158/R10b, Venezia e Napoli S159/R10d Nos 1-4, Klavierstuck No 1 in A flat major S189a/R44a, Recueillement S204/R86, Schlaflos! Frage und Antwort - Nocturne S203/R79, Toccata S197a/R60a, Galop de bal S220/R42, Galop in A minor S218/R40, Grand Galop chromatique S219/R41
Running Time: 1 hr 5 min