P0087. ERNST LEVY, 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; Benediction 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
“When Marston began the Ernst Lévy series early in the company's history, few knew this remarkable pianist and many were stunned by his artistry and deep insight into the music of Beethoven and Liszt. The series developed into a mission not only to uncover and make available additional Lévy performances, but also to expand the accepted perceptions of some of the most important works in the piano repertoire. This fourth installment will not disappoint. It comprises concert and studio recordings of Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, and Liszt, including a virtually unknown performance of the Schubert Posthumous Sonata in A; four Haydn Sonatas recorded in Switzerland, and unreleased live performances of Beethoven’s Op. 111 and Liszt's b-minor sonata.
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….Lévy's Beethoven is the pianistic equivalent of Furtwängler.... 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