Schubert, Bach and Liszt

Simon Trpčeski

  • Total Time: 79 minutes
  • Cat. Number: WHLIVE0058

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Praised by the Los Angeles Times for his grace, eloquence and the ‘understated beauty of his tone’, Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski shot to fame after winning the London International Piano Competition in 2001. A regular concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, he also enjoys a busy international career as a chamber musician, and his solo recordings have received recognition as ‘Editor’s Choice’ and ‘Debut Album’ awards from Gramophone.

With repertoire rich in nods towards a folk hinterland, Trpčeski’s programme for this Wigmore Hall Live CD draws strongly on his deep immersion in national traditions of music and dance throughout his childhood. Schubert’s tuneful 16 German Dances pave the way to what is arguably the composer’s most virtuosic sonata, his ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy. Almost symphonic in scale, Trpčeski’s emphatically energetic performance here unleashes an emotional outpouring.

By way of a transcription of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV543, in which the rich sonorities of the organ work are handsomely explored in an arrangement for piano, the second half of the programme focuses on Liszt. Here, Trpčeski demonstrates his wide palette of tone colours with subtly sculpted phrases to explore the depths of these masterpieces.

Track Listing

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

16 Deutsche and 2 Ecossaises D783
Fantasy in C major D760

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV543

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, Italie S161
Années de pèlerinage, troisième année S163

Franz Liszt

Schwanengesang S560
  • 27. VII. Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder' (transcription from Franz Schubert Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 4 Ständchen)

Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)