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Années de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage) Deuxième anneé: Italie (Second Year: Italy)

CD cover: Années de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage) Deuxième anneé: Italie (Second Year: Italy)
2001
Centaur Records
  1. Sposalizio (Marriage [of the Virgin: a painting by Raphael] [listen]
  2. Il Pensieroso (The Thinker [a statue by Michelangelo)
  3. Canzonetta del Salvatore Rosa (Salvator Rosa's Song)
  4. Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Petrarch's Sonnet 47)
  5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Petrarch's Sonnet 104) [listen]
  6. Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Petrarch's Sonnet 123)
  7. Apres une lecture du Dante Fantasis quasi sonata [listen] 
    (After Reading Dante:Fantasia quasi sonata)
    Venezia e Neapoli (Venice and Naples) 
    [Supplement to the Second Year]
  8. Gondolliera (Gondolier's Song)
  9. Canzone
  10. Tarantella [listen]

Total Duration 67:59

"Nosikova's interpretations are instinctively straightforward, exuding musical intelligence, honest integrity and a rock-solid technique. Her sonority is full-bodied . . . Nosikova is at her best in a glowing account of the Dante sonata, richly colourful and full of dramatic intensity. Rounded off by a fine account of Venezia e Napoli, this is a super disc.
From the recordings of the 'Italie' book of Années de pélerinage discussed above, there are six that are recommendable: Brendel (1972), Berman, Bolet, Hatto, Nosikova and Hitzlberger.
International Piano, Tim Parry, London (UK), July/August, 2006

"The Italian leg of Liszt's Années de Pèlerinage is frequently traversed on disc these days. Happily, Ksenia Nosikova proves to be a worthy contender on every level, as her stylish, intelligent, and technically rock-solid artistry bears out. Nosikova’s laser-like projection and lean yet never flinty tone are in keeping with her direct, straightforward readings…Tempos are judged to perfection and even seemingly fragmented works such as Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli ebb and flow in judicious proportion… Nosikova's Dante Sonata is particularly incisive, dramatic, and colorful and shines alongside excellent recent versions . . . "
ClassicsToday, October, 2002