And then there's the large hand/arm waving and bouncing on the seat. I hate those things. But when he was onto the Don Juan, I totally forgot about all that I was simply mesmerized by the playing. That, and I think he was just too busy playing to do all that stuff anyway...
It's one of the hardest things in the romantic repertory.
I quite like Lortie, and this sounds like my sort of programme.
Hmm.. Wolf Magic Fire Music, that's a new one on me. I've played the Brassin transcription (here's one of my absolute favourite recordings - the Brassin played by Josef Hofmann) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfc-ewL90_Q
Not sure about his pedal technique.. Tannhauser is pretty hard work though - imo the three hardest Liszt transcriptions to be played with any sort of regularity are Don Juan, Norma and then Tannhauser. (There are some others on a similar level, but almost nobody plays them).