The Liszt Recordings - Krystian Zimerman 4779697

The Concertos are scintillating, the Sonata Olympian.

Among today's greats, there's a mesmerizing account to which I return often, hearing something new in it every time . . . he offers a combination of exquisitely wrought pianistic detail, deep structural awareness and, best of all, a personal slant on the work's emotional narrative, with that essential white heat at its core . . . the octaves are a knockout; and the phrasing of lyrical melodies and decorative arabesques is filled with tenderness. He paces the work ideally, saving the biggest guns for the ultimate climax, manipulating the tempo to make us hold our breath, before resolving into the coda . . .