Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski has emerged as a major recitalist, with a specialty in the high virtuoso repertory of the late Romantic period. There's a lot to like in this London Wigmore Hall recital of music by Schubert and Liszt, which gives an idea of the nature of Trpceski's talent. The Schubert has a distinctly central European tinge, with vigorous, motoric German Dances, D. 783, that get the listener's attention and pave the way for a commanding, sweeping, but not especially subtle "Wanderer" Fantasy in C major, D. 760. It's a distinctive reading that gets by on sheer momentum, but you can sense a bit of anticipation in the live Wigmore Hall audience when Trpceski gets to what is, for him, the main attraction: the quartet of works by Liszt. The transcription of Bach's Prelude and Fugue for organ in A minor, BWV 543, serves as a little introduction to three virtuoso works of Liszt's maturity, culminating in the mighty Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor. There are brief encores, introduced from the stage: Schubert's song Ständchen (from Schwanengesang, D. 957), as arranged once again by Liszt, and finally a Chopin prelude. The entire program is something a traveling virtuoso around 1890 might well have played, and it puts Trpceski's considerable technical gifts into the sharpest perspective. Even if it doesn't accomplish anything groundbreaking, many listeners will get into the sheer physical thrill, aided by Wigmore Hall's generally clear engineering.
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AllMusic Review by James Manheim
|16 German Dances, D. 783|
|Fantasy in C major, D. 760 "Wanderer"|
|Prelude and Fugue in A minor (After Bach BWV 543)|