"A concert dedicated to Italy, but not by a conductor": that's how Daniel Barenboim introduced this concert, recorded in May 2007 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan; a highly personnal tribute to this country where he has toured regularly as a conductor.
For his solo piano recital he chose works by another great lover of Italy: Franz Liszt. He performs Years of Pilgrimage, composed 1837-1849, which contains some of the composer's most beautiful piano music.
Daniel Barenboim, gracefully melds the technical and poetic aspects of one of the most rewarding of all romantic piano works. The recital includes several numbers from the Deuxième Année: Italie and other Italy related compositions by Liszt such as St François d'Assise. La Prédication des oiseaux from Légendes and finally several creative transcriptions from well known operas like Verdi's "Miserere" from Trovatore, "Danza sacra e duetto" from Aida and "Paraphrases de concert" from Rigoletto. Barenboim brings his passion and his special approach and colour to his readings of Liszt, offering an evocative rendering of the piano works.
The complete Beethoven sonatas