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Bach / Ligeti / Liszt / Messiaen / Prokofiev: Beyond - Treutler

Bach / Ligeti / Liszt / Messiaen / Prokofiev: Beyond - Treutler

Ars Produktion  ARS 38 261

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Classical - Instrumental


Bach: Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland (trans. Busoni), Prelude in B minor (trans. Siloti)
Ligeti: L'escalier du diable
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Bénédiction de dieu dans la solitude, Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen
Messiaen: Le baiser de l'enfant-Jésus
Prokofiev: Suggestion diabolique

Katharina Treutler (piano)

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Review by Adrian Quanjer - October 8, 2018

Under the intriguing title ‘beyond’ and against a background of dark, menacing clouds, Katharine Treutler takes us on a musical voyage of choice between heaven and hell, between good and evil. It’s a hefty programme for a young pianist, fathoming the depths of Franz Liszt’s alleged devilish gifts against his moral, catholic heights. A kaleidoscope of opposing views, stretching from Bach to Ligetti, unfolds under her capable hands. This is a recital for the discerning listener who can appreciate the different moods brought to life with an almost satanic bravura.

Ms. Treutler, whose imposing reading of ‘suggestion diabolique’ from the four pieces Op. 4 by Prokofiev contrasts impressively with her sensitive rendition of Liszt’s ‘Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude’. She juxtaposes choices from beyond in a clever amalgamation of some of the best scores music literature has to offer in this genre. The menu includes an amazingly beautiful transcription of Bach’s organ Preludium in B minor from the seldom recorded Alexander Siloti, a Russian pianist and composer “committed to the preservation of Bach’s legacy” and a dazzling interpretation of ‘L’escalier du Diable’ (the Devil’s Staircase) from the second book of studies by György Ligeti. Olivier Messiaen’s ‘le baisser de l’Enfant-Jésus’ (The Kiss of the Infant Jesus) gets an almost extra-terrestrial, floating reading with a distinct French touch.

All in all an extremely interesting collection, well played by a young visionary talent with lots of ambition, supported by the French piano pedagogue, Jacques Rouvier, going indeed far beyond any run of the mill recital.

The recording, engineered by Manfred Schumacher, meets with all possible hi-res expectations.

Blangy-le-Château,
Normandy, France

Copyright © 2018 Adrian Quanjer and HRAudio.net

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