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Khatia Buniatishvili in Search of Faust

CD to be released on May 23 2011

CD to be released on May 23 2011

Acclaimed young pianist Khatia Buniatishvili’s debut album for Sony Classical is devoted to Franz Liszt. Although she sees herself as belonging truly to the 21st century, like the Romantics, she looks for greatness in small things, for the universal in the individual. And in the music of Liszt, she seeks and finds her idea of musical completeness and pianistic perfection. The repertoire places a focus on the Faust theme: Liszt’s third Liebestraum is characterised by the thought from Goethe’s Faust: “O stay! Thou art so fair!” and the Mephisto Waltz was inspired by an episode in Nikolaus Lenau’s Faust poem. Moreover Khatia Buniatishvili reads Faust, Marguerite and Mephisto into the themes of the centerpiece of the recording, the Sonata in B Minor – technically one of the most demanding works ever written for piano.

Khatia Buniatisvili plays Liszt’s Nocturne No. 3 in A-flat Major (Liebestraum):

Piano sheet music, Liszt’s Nocturne No. 3 in A-flat Major (Liebestraum)::


  1. Fernando Henao Says:

    Excellent playing. Her pianissimo, fortissimo and all colors show easily and effortlessly in her playing.

  2. Sandy Jacka Says:


    This must be the most heartfelt rendition ever recorded. There is sentiment and bravuro with technical ease. I will be buying your CD and telling my friends about your performance.

    Thank you.

  3. Doug Says:

    Visually, aurally, emotionally very very beautiful!
    Thank you.

  4. Adnan Beydoun Says:

    Her astonishing affinity for the music of Liszt is emphasized by the
    crispness, delicacy and power of her performance of this nocturne.
    Even at their most exacting the patterns are precisely defined..
    Deftness and power are strikingly combined with a magnificent
    aptitude for her ethereal playing.

  5. Andrew J Lorenz Says:


  6. Alexander Steinacher Says:

    it’s just, how I would like to be able to play it!

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