Michael Roll Plays Beethoven and Liszt
Michael Roll (piano)
HTGCD 184 – 5060332661947
Since winning the inaugural Leeds International Piano Competition in 1963, Michael Roll has enjoyed a hugely successful career on the concert platform performing to audiences worldwide. His recorded legacy, however, is surprisingly small. This CD includes a previously unreleased and unedited 1978 studio performance of the Liszt sonata and a live recording of Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ from 2008.
1: FRANZ LISZT: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178
2-3: LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, ‘Appassionata’
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‘These performances are two absolute treasures featuring the magnificent playing of Michael Roll, a pupil of Fanny Waterman, and the first winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1963……… Commercial recordings by this superb British pianist are hard to come by. There is hardly a shortage of recordings to choose from when it comes to the Liszt and Beethoven sonatas included here. What is abundantly clear is that Michael Roll is a pianist of the front rank who has been scandalously under-represented in the CD catalogue. This is a very welcome release.’
– John Whitmore, MusicWeb International