First in a series of recordings by Steven Larson, Prologue contains a dizzying array of virtuosic pieces for the piano. Beginning with the extreme athleticism of Franz Lisztâ€™s Scherzo and March, a piece rarely performed for apparent reasons, the CD continues with a crisp and brisk Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue of Bach followed by a lyrical and deliberate rendering of the famous Brahms Intermezzo in A-Major, Op. 118, Nr. 2. A Liszt-like performance of Debussyâ€™s Lâ€™isle joyeuse and an energetic interpretation of Granadosâ€™ Allegro de Concierto precede a breathtaking Russian section with Moszkowkiâ€™s Etude in F-Major, Op. 72, Nr. 6, the last Etude-Tableaux of Rachmaninoff and an edge-of-your-seat ride with Rachmaninoffâ€™s transcription of the Bumble-Bee. Lisztâ€™s Fantasy on Themes from Wagnerâ€™s Rienzi leads into the somber and thundering FunÃ©railles of Liszt ending a masterful journey through an imaginative and unusual combination of literature for the piano.
â€œphenomenal performance, a source of rare pleasureâ€ Free Press Greece
Pianist Steve Larson has performed on five continents as soloist and collaborator with other artists. His repertoire is all-encompassing, ranging from Bach to Boulez and includes the complete Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach, the 32 Sonatas of Beethoven, most of the works of Liszt and such historical monuments as the Goldberg Variations, the Hammerklavier and the Concord Sonata. He is author of the technical manual Extreme Pianism. Steve is married to classical singer Markella Hatziano. They have one daughter, violinist Alexandra Larson.
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1. Liszt: Scherzo and March
2. Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
3. Brahms: Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, Nr. 2
4. Debussy: L'isle joyeuse
5. Granados: Allegro de Concierto
6. Moszkowski: Etude in F Major, Op. 72, Nr. 6
7. Rachmaninoff: Etude Tableaux in D, Op. 39, Nr. 9
8. Rimsky-Korsakov/Rachmaninoff: Bumble Bee
9. Wagner/Liszt: Fantasy on Themes from Rienzi