Liszt’s piano works focus on Wagner and western tonality to explore the unsettling meditations on the passing of life, the music of Liszt’s old age is like nothing else of its time. Cédric Tiberghien proves wholly attuned to its unconventional demands in a programme concluding with the third and last of the Années de pèlerinage.
Tiberghien’s quasi-improvisatory approach works marvellously with works which would otherwise risk sounding directionless and self-indulgent. His range is breathtaking, carefully terraced even in the thickest of textures, never harsh, abrupt, metronomic or bombastic, even when rumbling in the murkiest depths of the piano’s range. BBC *****
Tiberghien avoids all temptation to overlay these pieces with gratuitous flamboyance, concentrating instead on the finesse and subtle interiority they demand…Generously filled and beautifully recorded, this disc offers a fine entry point for anyone either dipping into late Liszt for the first time or giving it another try. Gramophone
...his playing is of a burning commitment and intensity. This is extraordinary music and few other pianists have captured its pain and disquiet more vividly or eloquently. Hyperion’s sound is superb and even when compared to, say, Lazar Berman’s justifiably celebrated recording, Tiberghien is supreme. International Piano
A masterful introduction to the strange world of late Liszt.... One of the very best discs of these late works now in the catalogue. MusicWeb