“Louis Lorte is spellbinding in Liszt’s evocative travel diaries.”
Bryce Morrison – Gramophone – June 2011
Performance **** Recording ****
“... this is an excellent set to be warmly recommended.”
Malcolm Hayes – BBC Music Magazine – May 2011
“...Les Cloches de Genève ... is about as exquisite as it gets ... A fine set...” ****
Tim Ashley – The Guardian 8 April 2011
"The three sets of Années – based on Liszt’s voyages to Switzerland and Italy - are gigantic in scope, and I would deem few pianists are able to interpret this music convincingly. Needless to say, Lortie does so brilliantly. As befits this repertoire, his approach is bold and impassioned, demonstrating a herculean technique. The Vallée d’Obermann from the first set presents technical challenges that would make the average pianist wince, but Lortie brings it off with aplomb. On the other hand, his treatment of such pieces as the Sonetto 47 and 123 from the second set, Italie, is elegantly understated. Bringing the disc to a rousing conclusion is the flamboyant Tarantella, music requiring almost superhuman powers."
Richard Haskell – Musicdata.com – 1 April 2011
“...Lortie is, above all, a cultivated musician, the subtlest of pianists, blessed with rich imagination. These qualities, combined with the wisdom of life experience, are everywhere evident in a deeply considered and vivid performance of this summit of Romantic piano music.”
Patrick Rucker – International Record Review – April 2011
“Complete – and completely successful - traversals of Années de Pélerinage are relatively thin on the ground. This is one of them... A superior contribution to the Liszt bicentenary ...” *****
Jeremy Nicholas – Classic FM Music Magazine May 2011
“...It takes a pianist of a very high calibre to undertake the monumental task of not only learning these pieces, but to be able to see past their extreme technical demands and expose their multi-layered facets... Canadian pianist Louis Lorte, whose many previous recordings have always been recipients of international acclaim, is of that calibre. ...he clearly demonstrates that he and the instrument have become one.” - Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Musical Sentinel.com - March 2011
This is my third recording of Lizst's 'Annees de Perlinage' and it is by far the best. Lortie plays with sensitivity and consummate skill turning every track into a gem of joy. Listens to this album again and again and be surprised anew by more discoveries and pleasurable insights of musicality. Highly recommended.