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Few pianists have surpassed Alfred Brendel’s grasp of Liszt’s freewheeling, volatile structures and irresistible poetry. Gryesten is no Brendel but gives a thoughtful and interesting if slightly underpowered reading of the work. If it feels more of a fantasia than a sonata, the fault is not entirely his. Gryesten’s commendably light touch is more suited to the three movements from Années de pèlerinage. Leslie Howard remains first choice here, not just for recording the Années complete but for his greater understanding of Liszt’s pianism. The Liebestod transcription and ‘La Campanella’ are given competent if unremarkable readings. As a first introduction to Liszt solo piano music this is a well-balanced, unusual collection, worth investigating. Reasonable if slightly one-dimensional piano tone.

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