Kit Armstrong’s appearance at the opening concert of the Liszt Competition 2018 was tailor-made: even specialists did not know all of the works that the young star had selected for his Liszt recital: in the grandiose ambience of the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, the analyst celebrated a little-known Liszt among the young star pianists. The result was a live recording with a high repertoire value and a sound design that explores dynamic extremes and celebrates pianissimi with an almost incomparable touch culture.
In addition to works from the late work (three historical portraits, 1885 / three “Valses Oubliées” 1881-84) Armstrong plays transcriptions of Handel’s opera Almira, two fantasies B-A-C-H, the introduction to the “Elisabeth Legende” and “Le Triomphe Funèbre du Cup”.
Armstrong’s sonorous partner
As with the existing recording at the same location on July 24, 2019, a concert grand piano model E from the Bayreuth piano manufacturer Steingraeber is Armstrong’s sonorous partner.
The DVD is available from Steingraeber and the usual online sales outlets.
- Franz LisztBach-Liszt BWV 542, Fantasy and Fugue in G minor
- Fantasy B-A-C-H, Prelude and Fugue (1868)
- Historical Hungarian portraits: Szechenyi – Petofi – Teleki (1885)
- Le Triomphe Funèbre du Cup (1866)
- 3 Valses oubliées (1881-1884)
- The legend of Saint Elizabeth, introduction (1857-1862)
- Sarabande and Chaconne from Handel’s opera Almira, transcription for piano solo (1879)