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Grosses Konzertsolo [Pure DSD]

Dávid Báll

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Original Recording Format: DSD 256
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Grosses Konzertsolo is a new Stereo Pure DSD 256 release from pianist David Ball.  Báll used scores published by Editio Musica Budapest (Liszt) and G. Henle (Debussy) in selecting music for this album. It is exclusively available at NativeDSD in its original recorded format of Pure DSD 256 Stereo, as well as Stereo DSD 512, DSD 128, and DSD 64. It is not available on SACD.

Ferenc Liszt was so fascinated by Vincenzo Bellini’s music, the melodiousness of his bel canto, that he wrote piano fantasies of three Bellini operas – La Sonnambula, Norma, and I Puritani. The premiere of Bellini’s two-act opera Norma was in Milan in 1831, while the Réminiscences from Norma was composed around 1840-41, but unlike Liszt’s compositional technique, Liszt wrote two years later that he had to insert cadenzas into the work. He had some reservations about Italian operas, mainly because of their weak dramaturgy, but as late as 1854, he praised Bellini’s work, placing it above all of his other operas.

Liszt composed the Grosses Konzertsolo in 1849-50 for a competition at the Conservatoire in Paris, dedicating it to the German pianist and composer Adolf Henselt. The piece proved so difficult that, according to August Göllerich’s notes, Henselt himself considered it unplayable. Originally intended by Liszt as a purely virtuoso piece, he later inserted the Andante sostenuto middle section and the slow movement before the finale. The characteristic structure is also evident in the Sonata in B minor, written later in 1852-1853.

It is somewhat understandable that in the shadow of one of his greatest works the Grosses Konzertsolo has lost its importance, but its wholesale omission from the piano repertoire is totally unjustified and a serious error. Before 1856, a transcription for two pianos of the Grosses Konzertsolo was made under the title Concerto Pathétique.

Debussy’s piano preludes were published in two volumes, the first 12 in 1910 and the second 12 in 1913. They are miniature masterpieces of the period, written during one of the most exciting periods of 20th century music: reminiscent of the compositions of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg and Stravinsky.

Dávid Báll, Piano




Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Liszt: Grosses Konzertsolo R 18, SW 176
Liszt: Réminiscences de Norma de Bellini R 133, SW 394
Debussy: Danseuses de Delphes
Debussy: Feuilles mortes
Debussy: Bruyères
Debussy: Canope

Total time: 00:49:27

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Release DateNovember 18, 2022

2 reviews for Grosses Konzertsolo [Pure DSD]

    This album is simply magic.

    David Ball’s dazzling technique is astonishing and beautifully articulated, yet the technical demands never seemed to get in the way of true musicianship.

    I have never heard these masterpieces written by Liszt before. But I can assure you, the Norma and the Konzertsolo really are two of the greatest pieces of the piano repertoire. Preludes by Debussy were new for me as well, which are really miniature diamonds among the two massive giants by Liszt.

    I was very happy yesterday when I found this Liszt album (and little Debussy) here. I love Liszt and sadly some of his greatest works are still not available in DSD format.

    I used to play the piano myself, and believe me, the two monumental pieces by Liszt on this album are really two of the most challenging works of the piano repertoire. Ball’s playing is astonishing, it is hard to imagine how it is possible to play all those notes with two hands only.

    Although the technical challenges of these pieces by Liszt are limitless, and Ball’s technique is extremely splendid, his musicianship made me forget all this, his unbelievable technical abilities, and we were enjoying the core and beauty of the music.

    Thanks to Hunnia Records as well. The sound is beautiful. We were enjoying the wonderful sounds of pianissimos, levels of colors, and even the time, especially in the harrowing Preludes by Debussy.

    Thanks Mr. Ball, thanks Hunnia Records.

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