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Liszt : Sonata in B minor

François-René Duchâble

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Splendid, if not utterly convincing

Duchable is not a frequent guest in the recording studio: the few I have heard suggest a personality determined to remain "objective". There are virtues to such an attitude, especially on days when you've had enough of either self-indulgence or motoric absent-mindedness.
Take this Liszt Sonata as an example. Duchable is an exceptionally clean virtuoso; he seems to dislike notes falling "under the table" when thing hot up, as they tend to in the Sonata. Yes, you can hear every note; it is all tastefully executed, and excitement not lacking. Moreover the recording is quite brilliant and clear; although I would have liked a little more emphasis on the bass register.
His account of the Legends etc. is of equal merit.
I guess the one thing I rather miss in his playing is passionate conviction. This can be overdone, admittedly. For example, Argerich tends to let fly all over the place, even in the wrong places at times. On the other hand, Pogorelich has an inclination to linger too long over "soulful" passages and then runs off into jagged climaxes that sound like they come from another work. I prefer Duchable to both of them, knowing how fancied they are. There are merits in this recording denied to those two of his rivals.
All in all, this is a good investment for any Lisztian. At a pinch (because of its objectivity) it might even be first choice for some collectors who are suspicious of the work's repute for showiness. This will cure you of this view.

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Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, 2 Légendes, François-René Duchâble
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: 1985

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