Avie Release Wanderer: Works by Liszt and Shubert, Performed by Luiza Borac

April 25, in SACD News

The latest SACD from Avie features young pianist Luiza Borac, who proves her prowess with the core repertoire of two pillars of the romantic era, Schubert and Liszt. Released as a Hybrid SACD, ‘Wanderer: Works by Liszt and Shubert‘ is said by Avie to demonstrate the label’s continuing commitment to high-end recording technology.

From Avie’s Melanne Mueller:

Luiza Borac’s debut recording on Avie, of the three Piano Suites by George Enescu, caused a sensation and garnered her unanimous critical acclaim, securing this young Romanian pianist’s place on the musical map. For her new recording, Luiza, who has won over two dozen international competitions including the Concours Grieg in Oslo, turns her attention to Schubert and Liszt. The composers’ seemingly contrasting temperaments are linked on this hybrid SACD by a common itinerant theme. Excerpts from Liszt’s ‘Annйes de pиlerinage’ are paired with Schubert’s ‘Wanderer Fantasy’ (which Liszt orchestrated). Throughout Luiza applies strength and sensitivity in equal measure, beautifully and vividly brought out by the hybrid SACD format.

Luiza launched ‘Wanderer’ with a recital in Mayfield, Sussex, England on 22 April, as part of a chamber music festival during which she collaborated with members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The seventy-four minute performance was recorded from the 2nd to 6th August, 2004, in the Stadttheater, Lindau (Bodensee), Germany. The producers were Luiza Borac and John Barnes, who was also recording engineer. The SACD (AV 2061), which is available now, was mastered by Everett Porter at Polyhymnia.

Track listing:

  • Franz Schubert Fantasia in C, Wanderer Fantasy
  • Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
  • Aprиs une Lecture de Dante – fantasia quasi sonata
  • Gondoliera
  • Canzone
  • Tarantella
  • Les jeux d’eau а la Villa d’Este

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