P0087. ERNST LÉVY, Forgotten Genius, Vol. I, incl. Hammerklavier Sonata #29 in B-flat, Op.106; Sonata #32 in c (both Beethoven); Sonata in b; Hungarian Rhapsody #12 in c-sharp minor; Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude; Sposalizio (all Liszt); Pieces for piano, Nos. 6, 7, 8, 9 & 18 (Played by the Composer).
2-Marston 52007. Transfers by Ward Marston. Very Long out-of-print, Final Copy! [original release (not a CDR re-release) this two-disc set with 14-page English-language booklet has a new jewel case, booklet and cover art in excellent condition; discs are mint.] - 638335200729
"Lévy was more than a virtuoso pianist - though his technical prowess was staggering; he was an intellectual in the true sense of the word, and music was but one aspect of his creative life. This two-disc anthology reveals what real artistry is all about. The playing is nothing short of revelatory. Liszt's one-movement sonata is presented as the revolutionary work that its composer created, not as a technical tour de force designed to demonstrate a pianist's dexterity. Lévy penetrates its mysteries as only a handful of pianists have been able to do....This is one of the great recorded performances of the work....The BENEDICTION is remarkable; the sheer power of the climaxes is shattering. Could Liszt, perhaps, have played it this way? And what a fascinating performance Lévy gives of the HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY 12 - the experience left me speechless....Lévy's Beethoven is the pianistic equivalent of Furtwängler....32:II is the most expansive I have heard. Stretched to the breaking point, it explores worlds unimagined by most pianists. Those treacherous trills are perfectly executed. Lévy plays his own miniatures with obvious affection. Ward Marston, that master transfer artist, has done his best with varied source materials."
- Allen Linkowski, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 1998
"Another important piano discovery, Ernst Lévy, remains unknown to all but the most dedicated piano buffs – he is not even mentioned in Schonberg’s book on the great pianists –these defiantly personalized performances are utterly free of convention and burn with conviction….”
- Peter G. Davis, NEW YORK, 24 Aug., 1998