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Stefano Pagliantini - Musica magazine (Italy) - February 2014
"...His [Lortie] technical expertise and colouristic range lead to awesome performances on the Tannhäuser Overture and the Don Giovanni paraphrase. Yet as so often with Lortie, virtuosity is never an end in itself and he is often at his most subtly expressive when Liszt is at his most introverted and restrained." ****
Tim Ashley - The Guardian - 22 November 2013
“… I don’t know another recording of Liszt operatic fantasies quite as pleasurably satisfying as this one…”
Patrick Rucker – International Record Review – November 2013
"... Liszt intended all these transcriptions to be a showcase for his pianistic virtuosity, so they are not for the fumble fingered. Louis Lortie rises to the keyboard challenge wonderfully, and this is a superb 77 minutes entertainment."
Peter Spaull - Liverpool Post - 24 October 2013
Performance *** Recording ****
"...Lortie’s sparkling and swarthy playing is impressively glamorous..."
Tim Parry - BBC Music magazine - December 2013
"... A dollop of old-fashioned showmanship is required to make these concoction s as alluring as the originals, and Lortie has it in spades, an impression underlined by the sonice range of Chandos’s recording..." ****
Andrew Clark - Financial Times - 19 October 2013
"... he [Lortie] finds great depth and spaciousness in the extracts from Wagner’s Tannhauser, supremem panache in the waltz fro Gounod’s Faust and in the most articulate version I have heard of the great quartet from Rigoletto ... this is a good set."
Michael Tumelty - The Herald - 20 October 2013
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