Liszt: Piano Works
Label: Sony Classical
With an emotional, explosive program set on exploring Franz Liszt's gothic quarters, 24-year old Georgian prodigy Khatia Buniatishvili goes deep into the composer's dark side: a suggestive reading of the demanding "Sonata in B Minor" (which supposedly used the Faust libretto as its inspiration) get us started. A diabolically playful "Mephistiso Waltz" serves as the lynchpin here: it's more than a bit showy, but the playing leaves no question as to her ability. Liszt's transcriptions of Bach's "Prelude and Fugue in A Minor" conclude the brooding set.