Songs of Sorrow and Consolation: Late Piano Pieces by Franz Liszt (Pure DSD)

László Borbély

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Pianist László Borbély returns to NativeDSD with his 5th DSD release. Songs of Sorrow and Consolation feature his performances of Late Piano Pieces composed by Franz Liszt on a Steinway & Sons Model D Grand Piano.

The new album from Hunnia Records is a Pure DSD release. It was recorded Live in Stereo DSD 256 at SuperSize Recording Studios in Hungary. The album is available at the recorded DSD 256 bit rate as well as Stereo DSD 512, DSD 128 and DSD 64 created in the DSD domain by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab using the Signalyst HQ Player 4 Pro mastering tools.

Hunnia Records says “The purpose of this compilation cannot be much more than giving an insight into the subversive world that Liszt’s last works represent. As we listen to these works, we must look inwards continuously; their transcendental nature is only revealed if we let ourselves be surrounded by this almost otherworldly silence.

The juxtaposed works interact in a peculiar, unrepeatable manner, which is unique to each listening. The compilation therefore does not follow (and cannot follow) any chronological order.

The selection is spearheaded by the Mephisto-Walzer No.3 (1883), whose very beginning is already shocking. The Man of the World, the Artist, the prominent figure of salons, the celebrated personality of his time, the great romantic composer starts his work with such harsh, assertive, dare we say, blasphemous chords?

Although this may sound strange, even after repeated listening, it stems from the puritanical simplicity that is a characteristic of all his late works. The tone of the piece (only seemingly contradicting this) is symphonic; it might even be one of several symphonic poems not prepared for an orchestra. The spirit of the work is almost prophetic. In it, Liszt is very laconic, strictly focused on the essence.”

László Borbély – Pianist

Tracklist

1.
Mephisto-Walzer No.3
08:44
2.
Impromptu 
03:34
3.
Sancta Dorothea
02:12
4.
Schlaflos! Frage und Antwort. Nocturne für Pianoforte, nach einem Gedicht von Toni Raab 
02:38
5.
Mephisto-Walzer No.4
03:00
6.
Resignazione
01:47
7.
Two Csardas - 1. Csardas
01:22
8.
Two Csardas – 2. Csardas obstinée
03:08
9.
Romance oubliée – Vergessene Romanze
03:17
10.
Quatrième Valse oubliée
02:26
11.
Trübe Wolken – Nuages gris
02:54
12.
Sospiri! (Five Piano Pieces, No.5)
02:03
13.
Mephisto-Walzer No.4, Bagatelle ohne Tonart – Bagatelle sans tonalité
02:40
14.
Carrousel de Madame P-N
01:07
15.
Sunt lacrymae rerum, En mode hongrois
05:26
16.
Wiegenlied – Chant du berceau
04:01
17.
Unstern! – Sinistre
06:14
18.
En rêve
02:08
19.
Sursum corda – Erhebet eure Herzen
03:11

Total time: 01:01:52

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HRES2119

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Analog to Digital Converter

Hapi, Merging Technologies at DSD 256

Mastering Engineer

Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD Mastering Labs

Microphones

AEA R88 Stereo Ribbon Microphone, DPA Microphones DPA 4007 & DPA 4047

Original Recording Format

Piano

Steinway & Sons Model D Grand Piano

Piano Technician

Balázs Tóth

Producer

Róbert Zoltán Hunka

Recording Engineer

Gábor Halász

Recording Location

Recorded Live to Stereo DSD 256 at the Supersize Recording Studio in Hungary on September 25, 2021

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Release Date October 29, 2021

Press reviews

Tamás Vásáry

I have had the opportunity to hear László Borbély’s piano-playing several times. In person, I was able to meet an extremely mature artist with an individual voice.

His playing of Liszt is characterized by dramatic power, depth, the ability to create an atmosphere and superb instrumental skills. His interpretation, program composition and explanation of the performed pieces always leads me to further reflection.

I heartily recommend this album to music listeners’ everywhere.

Tamás Vásáry
Pianist, Conductor

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