Kenneth Hamilton – Kenneth Hamilton plays Liszt, Vol. 1: Death and Transfiguration (2021) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Kenneth Hamilton – Kenneth Hamilton plays Liszt, Vol. 1: Death and Transfiguration (2021)
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This Liszt release by pianist Kenneth Hamilton contains the Piano Sonata in B minor and several other larger works, but it also has an unusual number of miniatures. To tell the truth, even the Piano Sonata, precisely and unsentimentally rendered, sounds something like a string of miniatures in this reading. It’s certainly not for listeners wanting a picture of Liszt, the famed virtuoso, but this is a fresh look at the composer’s career. Hamilton focuses mostly on the latter part of Liszt’s life, when he set virtuoso stardom aside and settled in Weimar, devoting himself primarily to composition rather than pianism. Some of the pieces here point to his increasing religiosity in later years; there are four selections from the Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, markedly different from anything Liszt had written up to that point. Hamilton also includes several of the wildly experimental, almost atonal pieces from late in Liszt’s life, such as Nuages gris and the Csárdás macabre. There is even a Schubert Impromptu that Liszt edited and slightly adorned; a second volume will apparently focus on transcriptions and adaptations. Hamilton indicates that he tried to place himself in the position of being one of Liszt’s students, and to approach the music from a 19th century perspective, presumably rather than that of a 20th or 21st century piano star. This is fresh, and in its way, this is a recording that brings the listener closer to Liszt’s inner personality.

Tracklist:
1-01. Kenneth Hamilton – Harmonies poétiques et religieuses III, S.173: VII. Funérailles (12:00)
1-02. Kenneth Hamilton – Harmonies poétiques et religieuses III, S.173: III. Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude (15:29)
1-03. Kenneth Hamilton – Csárdás macabre, S.224 (07:12)
1-04. Kenneth Hamilton – Harmonies poétiques et religieuses III, S.173: IV. Pensée des morts (12:14)
1-05. Kenneth Hamilton – Nuages gris (02:40)
1-06. Kenneth Hamilton – Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 (27:15)
2-01. Kenneth Hamilton – Ballade No.2, S.171 (14:39)
2-02. Kenneth Hamilton – En rêve, S.207 “Nocturne” (02:09)
2-03. Kenneth Hamilton – Abschied, S.251 “Russian Folksong” (02:31)
2-04. Kenneth Hamilton – Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, S.274 (06:08)
2-05. Kenneth Hamilton – Dem Andenken Petöfis, S.195 (03:36)
2-06. Kenneth Hamilton – Harmonies poétiques et religieuses III, S.173: II. Ave Maria (06:29)
2-07. Kenneth Hamilton – Schubert’s Impromptus in Gb major, S.565b (06:25)
2-08. Kenneth Hamilton – Prelude on “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen” (05:43)
2-09. Kenneth Hamilton – La lugubre gondola, S.200 (04:22)
2-10. Kenneth Hamilton – Romance, S.169 (03:20)
2-11. Kenneth Hamilton – Romance oubliée, S.527 (03:28)
2-12. Kenneth Hamilton – Die Loreley, S.273 (06:29)
2-13. Kenneth Hamilton – In festo transfigurationis Domini nostri Jesu Christi, S.188 (02:31)
2-14. Kenneth Hamilton – Isoldens Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde” (07:03)

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