Piano Sonata in B minor
Liebesträum No. 3 in A flat major
Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major
Preludes, Op. 28 – No. 4 in E minor
Khatia Buniatishvili (piano)
Reviewed: 3 August, 2020
Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Khatia Buniatishvili has for years been turning heads with her mesmerising stage presence and unique style of pianism, mixing uncanny sensitivity with old-school fireworks. In this recital she explores the different brands of virtuosity perfected by three composer-pianists, Chopin, Liszt and Prokofiev.
Liszt’s B minor Piano Sonata, dedicated to Schumann, is considered by many to be his finest work, whilst his Liebesträum No. 3 is one of his most popular – the quintessential Romantic piano miniature. Buniatishvili recorded both as part of her 2011 disc Liszt: Piano Works, which was released shortly before this chamber performance. Prokofiev’s Seventh Sonata, meanwhile, contains some of the most dynamic music ever devised by a composer renowned for his motoric piano style.