Liszt: Piano Concertos

Liszt: Piano Concertos
Composer Franz Liszt
Artist Nelson Freire piano
Dresdner Philharmonie
Michel Plasson conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93846
EAN code 5028421938462
Release September 2008

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About this release

Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire was born in 1944, made his debut at the age of 5 and won many prizes as a child prodigy. The culmination of these awards came with him winning the Dinu Lipatti medal in 1964. A hectic schedule of concerts and recitals around the world beckoned, but Freire made the decision early on to take control of his career, and cut back on the concerts, giving himself more time to refine his powers without the stresses of a jet set life style. An elusive figure, he is what is called ‘a pianists pianist’. Freire on record is a rarity, and his recital recordings are highly prized whenever a tape becomes available.

This CD showcases his artistry perfectly. The two Liszt concertos have moments of high romantic bombast requiring a fearsome technique as well tender poetry – both are complicated structures consisting of linked multiple movements. Bartok called the 1st concerto ‘the first perfect realisation of the cyclic
sonata form’.

Other information:
- A must for piano fans.
- Freire has a considerable following among aficionados of the piano.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major: Allegro
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major: Quasi adagio
  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major: Allegretto vivace
  4. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major: Allegro animato
  5. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major: Allegro marziale animato
  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major: Adagio sostenuto assai
  7. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major: Allegro agitato assai
  8. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major: Allegro moderato
  9. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major: Allegro deciso-sempre allegro
  10. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major: Marziale, un poco meno allegro
  11. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major: Allegro animato
  12. Totentanz, Paraphrase on “Dies Irae”