"...There are over twenty-five recordings of these Preludes, but few by established artists with big careers (Ashkenazy, Nicolaevska, and Mustonen are the exceptions). Most pianists seem to play the work in around thirty minutes. Lifits takes about eight minutes longer...

"...Lifits' rendering of the 24 Preludes for piano, Op. 34, is ideal. These little pieces distill the sharp high spirits of early Shostakovich down to a tight series of gestures, and Lifits finds musical meaning in every small detail. Sample one of the shorter preludes...

February 18, 2016

... his finely calibrated touch, evenness and the beauty of his sound, recall the manner of Michelangeli ... extreme ability ..... well-defined sound patterns and dynamic detail ... a form of expression that is beautifully malleable, in the 'old style' but greatly appe...

November 1, 2015

"…Lifits performs Schubert in a way which could be described through and through as introverted and brooding. Its tension obtains this perspective from, among other things, the great richness of timbres. A second aspect is an artistic orientation which seems to grow ou...

May 1, 2015

"...The Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D. 894, and the Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D. 845, are among Schubert's final masterpieces, and they challenge the performer to find the sustained lyrical tone at their core that unifies them and transcends the narrower stri...

"...He opens the D minor Fantasia with some shocking Schumannesque/Lisztian pedalling. What the hell is he up to? Bear with him. He knows exactly where he is going. It is a path which others have taken before him. What unfolds is a lyric opera without sets, costumes or...

March 18, 2011

.. The Opening chords of Schubert's D 894 Sonata had a warm fullness which the subsequent movement maintained: and the rest oft he work unfolded with calm authority, is dynamics exquisitely calibrated. Lifits can dazzle with the best oft hem, but his playing is all abo...

Michail Lifits at London's Wigmore Hall delights BILL NEWMAN

 

... To my mind this was one of the great piano recitals, performed with the stylist conception and élan of leading artists from a past to the present generations who, in my long memory caught the true essence...

"... Liszt’s relationship with the piano was such that he required his performers to become part of their instrument, a kind of transmutation, which aimed at the materially impossible ideal of the pianist’s mind inhabiting the actual keys. Materially impossible but mus...

July 30, 2010

... He played with a cleanly articulated touch and beautiful phrasing. Particularly in the second-movement Adagio, he provided warmth, intimacy and a singing tone. The Mozartean hues of that early sonata were contrasted with the epic grandeur of the Sonata No. 32 in C...

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