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LISZT LIEBESTRAUM 3 in A flat major



This selection of interpretations of the Liszt Liebestraum 3 contains recordings from almost every decade of the first half of the 20th century, and includes several by young contemporary pianists. Over 130 years separate the birth of the youngest and oldest of these pianists.

The Liszt Liebestraum 3 is an excessively popular piece, by which I do not mean that it does not deserve its popularity, rather, that it is easy enough to play the notes and anyone with a passable technique can get through it.  Alas, they all do.  You will rediscover, below, the why of its immense popularity and its sublime beauty when played by a great artist.

If I were to single out two particularly interesting performances, one would be that of Simon Barere who eschews his usual passion and fury approach to piano playing in this stunning recording. The other would be that of Walter Rummel whose is a very impassioned approach which is somewhat atypical for him.  But don't begin with this one.  You will risk not wanting to hear any of the others.

Two of my very favorite performances of the Liszt Liebestraum 3 are those by Valentina Igoshina and Eileen Joyce, each in its own way the essence of a dream.

There is also a piano roll of Eugen d'Albert performing the Liszt Liebestraum 3, I suspect with a few of his own embellishments.  As d'Albert was an important student of Liszt, his performance might hold some secrets. The performance by Liszt pupil Frederic Lamond is another of my favorites.









Here is a group of recordings by seven old masters, several of which are available singly below, that includes 
Vladimir de Pachmann (1848-1933), Russian-German pianist (rec 1912) 
04:00  Emil von Sauer (1862-1942), German pianist and student of Liszt (rec ca1925) 
08:37  Moriz Rosenthal (1862-1946), Austro-Hungarian pianist and student of Liszt (rec 1929 or 30) 
12:34  Leopold Godowsky (rec ?) 
16:41  Jozef Hofmann (1912 piano roll) 
20:21  Leonid Kreutzer (1884-1953), Russian-born German pianist (rec ?) 
25:05  Walter Rummel (1887-1953), German-born American pianist (rec 1942)




EUGEN D'ALBERT
Scottish-born German pianist (1864-1932)

1913 piano roll




FREDERIC LAMOND
Scottish Pianist (1868–1948) and student of Franz Liszt

recorded in 1936




LEOPOLD GODOWSKY
Polish-American pianist (1870-1938)

recorded in 1925




JOZEF HOFMANN
Polish-American pianist (1876-1957)

recorded in 1941




FRANK LA FORGE
American pianist (1879-1953)

recorded in 1911




MARK HAMBOURG
Russian-British pianist (1879-1960)




WILHELM BACKHAUS
German pianist (1884-1969)

recorded in 1925




RAOUL KOCZALSKI
Polish pianist (1884-1948)




ARTUR RUBINSTEIN
Polish-American pianist (1887-1982)


recorded in 1935




and in 1954




MAGDA TAGLIAFERRO
Brazilian-born French pianist (1893-1986)

recorded in the early 1950s




GUIOMAR NOVAES
Brazilian pianist (1895-1979)

recorded ca1962




SIMON BARERE
Ukranian-Russian pianist (1896-1951)




ALEXANDER BRAILOVSKY
Ukrainian-French pianist (1896-1976)

recorded in 1928




STEFAN ASKENASE
Polish-Belgian pianist (1896-1985)

recorded in 1968




CLAUDIO ARRAU
Chilean pianist (1903-1991)




EILEEN JOYCE
Australian pianist (1908-1991)




SHURA CHERKASSKY
Russian-American pianist (1909-1995)




JORGE BOLET
Cuban-American pianist (1914-1990)

recorded in 1981




GEORGES CZIFFRA
Hungarian-french pianist (1921-1994)




ALICIA de LARROCHA
Spanish Catalan pianist (1923-2009)

recorded ca1960




SERGIO FIORENTINO
Italian pianist (1927-1998)

recorded in 1958




GARY GRAFFMAN
American pianist (b 1928)

recorded in 1960




YURI MOURAVLEV
20th century Russian pianist

recorded in 1952




VAN CLIBURN
American pianist (1934-2013)




DANIEL BARENBOIM
Argentine pianist (b 1942)




JOSEF BULVA
Czech pianist (b 1943)




LARS ROOS
Swedish pianist (b 1945)




ALEXANDER PESKANOV
contemporary Russian-American pianist

recorded in 2012




ENDRE HEGEDUS
Hungarian pianist (b 1954)

recorded in 2011




ISRAELA MARGALIT
contemporary Israeli pianist




ISABELLE OEMICHEN
contemporary French pianist

recorded live in 2007




SOPHIA AGRANOVICH
contemporary Ukranian-American pianist




ALVARO SIVIERO
contemporary Brazilian pianist




EVGENY KISSIN
Russian pianist (b 1971)




VALENTINA IGOSHINA
Russian pianist (b 1978)

recorded in 2009




LANG LANG
Chinese pianist (b 1982)




and




YUNDI LI
Chinese pianist (b 1982)
winner of the 2000 International Chopin Competition




KHATIA BUNIATISHVILI
Georgian pianist (b 1987)




VANESSA BENELLI
Italian pianist (b 1987)




NADEZDA FILIPPOVA
Russian pianist (b 1989)




For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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