Transcription, for Franz Liszt, was in equal measure a means of celebrating the genius of Beethoven and of meditating on his works. It was also a way of provoking a well-nigh titanic confrontation between the resources of the pianist and his instrument and the immense potential of the orchestra. Thus the power of the interpreter’s conception, his understanding of the essence of the work, become the crucial factor in Liszt’s approach and in the adventure offered to the listener.
For the third volume of his complete set of Liszt’s transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies, Yury Martynov has chosen a piano of 1867 made by Blüthner, whose instruments were much admired by Liszt.
"Featuring a beautifully restored Bluthner instrument, Martynov’s third installment of Liszt’s Beethoven transcriptions is a treat. Better than most, he conjoures the myriad colours of the original works while ensuring they feel cognent enought to stand up as pure keyboard music. A welcome release and continuation of an exciting series." *****
Guy Weatherall - Classical Music magazine - July 2014
Luca Segalla - Musica magazine (Italy) - May 2014
**** Album (Excellent ) *** Sound (Good)
Stéphne Friédérich - Classica magazine - April 2014