OnClassical | OC21128B | 2021

Liszt, F.: Études d'exécution transcendante (Transcendental Etudes), S. 139
Jacopo Fulimeni, Piano

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Franz Liszt's "Études d'exécution transcendante" (Transcendental Etudes), S. 139, is a set of twelve virtuosic piano studies that showcase both technical brilliance and profound musical expression. Liszt initially composed the etudes in the 1820s and revised them later, presenting the final version in 1852. These pieces are considered among the most challenging works in the piano repertoire.

Here is an overview of some notable aspects of the Transcendental Etudes:
Liszt designed these etudes not only as exercises for technical mastery but also as musical compositions. Each piece addresses specific technical challenges, such as rapid scales, arpeggios, and intricate hand coordination. They demand a high level of skill from the pianist, making them a test of virtuosity.
While showcasing technical brilliance, Liszt infused each etude with expressive depth. The collection covers a wide range of emotions and musical styles, from the dramatic and tumultuous to the lyrical and contemplative. This balance between technical demands and musical expression distinguishes the Transcendental Etudes from mere technical exercises.
Liszt's innovative approach to piano writing is evident throughout the set. He explored new harmonic progressions, experimented with pianistic techniques, and pushed the boundaries of what was considered possible on the piano during his time. The etudes significantly influenced later composers and the development of piano music.
The history of the Transcendental Etudes involves several stages. Liszt initially composed a set of twelve etudes in the 1820s, which he later revised and expanded. The final version, published in 1852, represents Liszt's mature style and includes some pieces that were added during the revision.
Some of the most famous etudes from the set include "Preludio," "Mazeppa," "Feux Follets" (Will-o'-the-Wisps), and "Chasse-neige" (Snow-Whirl). Each etude presents a unique technical and musical challenge, contributing to the overall diversity and impact of the collection.
The Transcendental Etudes are a testament to Liszt's dual role as a virtuoso pianist and a visionary composer. They remain a cornerstone of the piano repertoire, captivating both performers and audiences with their technical demands and artistic beauty. Pianists often view mastering these etudes as a significant milestone in their artistic development.

Études d'exécution transcendante (Transcendental Etudes), S. 139
Jacopo Fulimeni, Piano

Prod. No.: 318 / 2021
Cat. No: OC21128B
UPC: 634065039165
No. Album(s): 1

Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2021

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
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Artwork: OnClassical

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Instrument(s) used: Steinway & Sohns D-274 piano, 'Audi-O'

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