Listening Liszt


Several excellent new recordings are occupying my ears and deep consciousness these past few days:

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson manages to deploy her velvety sound with breathtaking levity in Handel arias and Berlioz's Les nuits d'été with Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

Vladimir Jurowski lightens textures and darkens moods with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Haydn's The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross.

Pianist Louis Lortie gives an emotional account of the complete Années de pèlerinage by Liszt (pictured).