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    Liszt "Il Pensieroso" - on Authorized Steinway

    Liszt wrote this sombre piece c. 1839, inspired by Michelangelo's sculpture of the same name (The Thinker), during a trip to Italy. Harmonically it is strikingly original for its time, and is one of his finest pieces.
    I used the Authorized Steinway in Classic perspective, with default settings. The mp3 is at 192 kbps.


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    Re: Liszt "Il Pensieroso" - on Authorized Steinway

    Eugene, Thanks for posting this piece. It explores the lower register of the Steinway Piano nicely. Almost sounds like Liszt was getting into a little "Alligator Crawl" stride piano thing there for awhile. I enjoyed this, John

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    Liszt is one of my all time favorite composers. I think people tend to forget that he wrote as many, if not more, thoughtful, harmonically complex pieces as virtuosic show pieces.

    Very well done. I enjoyed it.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Very cool choice Eugene - thanks!

    I always imagined the thinker was thinking about mortality - and the last three notes are a raw awareness of time ticking away...

    I thought it was inspired by Rodin's Thinker, but I could be wrong there.

    Nice playing!


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    Re: Liszt "Il Pensieroso" - on Authorized Steinway

    Quote Originally Posted by Gesticulator01 View Post

    I thought it was inspired by Rodin's Thinker, but I could be wrong there.
    Rodin wasn't born yet when this was written..... (Auguste Rodin - 1840 - 1917) However, that is the image I usually have in mind when I think of this.
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    Thanks John, Trent and Gesticulator for your feedback. It's a wonderful piece from the "Years of Travel" book 2 Italy. The sculpture on the tomb of Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence which influenced it is interesting in that the face is shaded by the helmet and the left hand, so no light gets to the face - the figure is obviously deep in thought!

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    Nice work on this darkly pensive Liszt work, Eugene;
    much enjoyed. With its rich lower range and clarity,
    the Garritan Steinway is ideal for this; and you've
    made fine use of it.

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    Nice rendering of one of Liszt's less known masterpieces.

    Ron

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    Eugene,

    This "other side of Liszt" is a pleasant change of pace. Wonderful performance of this. Bravo!

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    Re: Liszt "Il Pensieroso" - on Authorized Steinway

    Thanks David, Ron and Bill for your welcome feedback. Different pieces explore the sonorities of the new Steinway in different ways and it's quite a lot of fun investigating them!
    Eugene

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