Last night’s milestone solo recital at London’s Wigmore Hall saw Bertrand Chamayou’s highly-anticipated return to Liszt’s twelve Transcendental Etudes for the first time in over a decade since he recorded them in 2005.
In this ambitious and demanding all-Liszt programme, Chamayou opened with the composer’s transcriptions of Chopin, Schumann and Wagner before tackling the entire Etudes cycle in the second half.
‘The most demanding of the composer’s keyboard works was a bold second-half choice, but Chamayou was up to it,’ declared The Guardian.
‘These were boldly presented performances of the studies, which certainly never made the virtuosity they demand an end in itself. The sound was rich and sonorous.’
Bertrand Chamayou plays the Transcendental Etudes again Friday 6 April in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.