Captured in excellent sound, April & May 2021, in the twelve Études d’exécution transcendante Francesco Piemontesi offers amazing playing – embracing vivid characterisation and the sensitive etching of music that takes a pianist to Olympian virtuoso places that demand something special. Piemontesi gifts us technically elevated execution married to a capacity to paint pictures and create atmospheres, studded with agility, power and the ability to project drama and passions and without overlooking impressionism and intimacies. Seduction and scintillation also inform the Sonata, a magisterial and probing account laced with adrenalin and profundity, this Alpen musician inspired by Liszt’s creative cyclic and full-circle genius. Pentatone PTC 5187 052 (2 CDs).