Hi-Fi News & Record Review (March 1986)

Review of Dimitris Sgouros solo Liszt album (EMI)

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Liszt: Transcendental Studies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11    Mephisto Waltz No. 1     LP

Dimitris Sgouros (pno)

EMI EL 27 01771 digital dmm (NCD, MC: EL27 01774)

If you place a high value on the ratio of notes to grooves, then some of these Transcendental Studies will make considerable demands on what remains of your disposable income!  Dimitris Sgouros powers through the vertiginous and the gyroscopic with mind-bending ease.  His fingers (one presumes only the usual number on each hand, although one's ears occasionally make one doubt that) veritably fly, but he demonstrates his empathy with the introspective Liszt too in the gorgeous eleventh study Harmonies du soir and in No.3 Paysage, where I could have wished for a little less 'glassy' treble line.  The recording is cut slightly low, which does throw up the usual problem with the vinyl, but it has a fine tonal spectrum and its clarity and dynamic range are proven in the fiercest of passage work.


Roger Bowen

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