Liszt: The Great Piano Works

Liszt: The Great Piano Works
Composer Franz Liszt
Artist Various artists
Format 15 CD
Cat. number 95564
EAN code 5028421955643
Release September 2017

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Franz Liszt is universally celebrated as one of the greatest-ever virtuoso performers on the modern piano. Contemporary accounts describe his seemingly superhuman technical abilities and equally striking charisma and stage presence. Yet Liszt was a formidable composer, and his expansion of pianistic possibilities was achieved as much through innovation in his own great piano works as through his astonishing performance on the instrument, if not more. Like many child virtuosos thrust early into busy concert careers (Liszt’s began at the age of nine) he retired early, weary of the spotlight, turning his back on the stage at the remarkably early age of 35. Since he lived to the likewise remarkable old age of 75, much more than the latter half of his life was devoted solely to composition, and having been a pianist of his calibre, the works he created for his own instrument were indeed groundbreaking.

Showcasing the demanding pieces in this set – from the thundering of Liszt’s virtuoso side to the mysticism of his deeply spiritual side – are 15 renowned pianists on recordings dating from 1994–2016. Liszt’s piano works may be divided into several diverse categories. These include the virtuoso showpieces based on themes from operas (Isoldens Liebestod Alexander Gavrylyuk, Wagner Transcriptions François Dumont, Bellini and Donizetti Transcriptions Mark Viner, Verdi and Beethoven Transcriptions Michele Campanella); religious-inspired or devotional works (Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude and 2 Légendes Irene Russo) the spare, enigmatic pieces from his last years (Trübe Wolken, En rêve, Bagatelle sans tonalité Philipp Kopachevsky and La lugubre gondola Misha Dacić); a ground-breaking sonata regarded as an iconic work of the repertoire (Sonata in B minor Philipp Kopachevsky); and numerous piano transcriptions of other composers’ non-operatic works (Grandes études de Paganini Goran Filipec, Beethoven Symphony No.6 in F Op.68 ‘Pastorale’ Michele Campanella). The set concludes with a grand gesture, as Nelson Freire is joined by the Dresdner Philharmonie under Michel Plasson for Liszt’s two well-loved piano concertos.

Franz Liszt was without doubt one of the greatest (if not The Greatest) pianists of all time, as well as an innovating and visionary composer, in one word…a Genius!
This set presents an extensive survey of Liszt’s piano works, grand scale or intimate, thundering or tender, passionate or devout. In these works we find all Liszt’s pianistic innovations, feats of jaw dropping virtuosity, unheard-of sonorities and future-looking asceticism.
All genres of his pianistic output are present: original works like the complete Hungarian Rhapsodies, the Complete Studies, Années de Pèlerinage, Ballades, Polonaises, Mephisto Waltzes and the immortal Sonata, Opera Paraphrases and Fantasies, Beethoven Symphony transcriptions and the Piano Concertos and Totentanz.
Performed by an extraordinary line up of present day pianists: Enrico Pace, Vincenzo Maltempo, Nelson Freire, and many more.

Recorded between 1994 and 2016.
This set comes with new liner notes written by Philip Borg-Wheeler.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor, S.244/1
  2. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, S.244/2
  3. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 3 in B-Flat Minor, S.244/3
  4. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 4 in E-Flat Major
  5. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 5 in E Minor, S.244/5
  6. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 6 in D-Flat Major, S.244/6
  7. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 7 in D Minor, S.244/7
  8. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor, S.244/8
  9. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 9 in E-Flat Major, S.244/9

Disk 2

  1. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 10 in E Major, S.244/10
  2. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 11 in A Minor, S.244/11
  3. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 12 in C-Sharp Minor, S.244/12
  4. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 13 in A Minor, S.244/13
  5. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 14 in F Minor, S.244/14
  6. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 15 in A Minor, S.244/15
  7. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 16 in A Minor, S.244/16
  8. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 17 in D Minor, S.244/17
  9. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 18 in F-Sharp Minor, S.244/18
  10. Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 19 in D Minor, Ss.244/19

Disk 3

  1. Années de pèlerinage I, S.160: I. Chapelle de Guillaume Tell
  2. Années de pèlerinage I, S.160: II. Au lac de Wallenstadt
  3. Années de pèlerinage I, S.160: III. Pastorale
  4. Années de pèlerinage I, S.160: IV. Au bord d'une source
  5. Années de pèlerinage I, S.160: V. Orage
  6. Années de pèlerinage I, S.160: VI. Vallée d'Obermann
  7. Années de pèlerinage I, S.160: VII. Eglogue
  8. Années de pèlerinage I, S.160: VIII. Le mal du pays
  9. Années de pèlerinage I, S.160: IX. Les cloches de Genève

Disk 4

  1. Années de pèlerinage II, S.161: I. Sposalizio
  2. Années de pèlerinage II, S.161: II. Il penseroso
  3. Années de pèlerinage II, S.161: III. Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa
  4. Années de pèlerinage II, S.161: IV. Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
  5. Années de pèlerinage II, S.161: V. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
  6. Années de pèlerinage II, S.161: VI. Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
  7. Années de pèlerinage II, S.161: VII. Après une lecture du Dante

Disk 5

  1. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S.178
  2. Soirées de Vienne, S.427: VI. Allegro con strepito in A Minor
  3. En rêve, S.207
  4. Mephisto Waltz No. 3, S.216
  5. Bagatelle sans tonalité, S.216a
  6. Trübe Wolken, S.199

Disk 6

  1. Études d’exécution transcendante, S.139: I. Preludio
  2. Études d’exécution transcendante, S.139: II. Molto Vivace
  3. Études d’exécution transcendante, S.139: III. Paysage
  4. Études d’exécution transcendante, S.139: IV. Mazeppa
  5. Études d’exécution transcendante, S.139: V. Feux-follets
  6. Études d’exécution transcendante, S.139: VI. Vision
  7. Études d’exécution transcendante, S.139: VII. Eroica
  8. Études d’exécution transcendante, S.139: VIII. Wilde Jagd
  9. Études d’exécution transcendante, S.139: IX. Ricordanza
  10. Études d’exécution transcendante, S.139: X. Allegro agitato molto
  11. Études d’exécution transcendante, S.139: XI. Harmonies du soir
  12. Études d’exécution transcendante, S.139: XII. Chasse-neige

Disk 7

  1. Grandes études de Paganini, S.141: I. Preludio – Etude. Non troppo lento in G Minor
  2. Grandes études de Paganini, S.141: II. Andante in E-Flat Major
  3. Grandes études de Paganini, S.141: III. Allegretto in G-Sharp Minor
  4. Grandes études de Paganini, S.141: IV. Vivo in E Major
  5. Grandes études de Paganini, S.141: V. Allegretto in E Major
  6. Grandes études de Paganini, S.141: VI. Quasi presto in A Minor
  7. 2 Polonaises, S.223: I. Polonaise mélancolique in C Minor
  8. 2 Polonaises, S.223: II. Polonaise in E Major
  9. Ballade No. 1 in D-Flat Major, S.170
  10. Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, S.171

Disk 8

  1. Consolation No. 3 in D-Flat Major, S.172/3
  2. Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S.514
  3. Isoldens Liebestod, S.447
  4. Danse macabre, S.555
  5. Tarantella, S.162/3
  6. 2 Konzertetüden, S.145: I. Waldesrauschen
  7. 2 Konzertetüden, S.145: II. Gnomenreigen
  8. Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, S.541/3
  9. Les jeux d’eaux à la villa d’este, S.163/4

Disk 9

  1. Fantasie und Fuge über das Thema B–A–C–H, S.529
  2. Les cloches de Genève, S.160/9
  3. Grosses Konzertsolo S.176
  4. Glandes de Woronince, S.249: I. Ballade d’Ukraïne
  5. Après une lecture du Dante, S.161/7
  6. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9, S.244/9
  7. La lugubre gondola, S.200/1

Disk 10

  1. Harmonies poétiques et religieuses III, S.173: III. Bénédiction de dieu dans la solitude
  2. 2 Légendes, S.175: I. St François d’Assise. La prédication aux oiseaux
  3. 2 Légendes, S.175: II. St François de Paule. Marchant sur les flots
  4. Valse-Impromptu, S.213
  5. Études de concert, S.144: II. La leggierezza
  6. Grand galop chromatique, S.219
  7. Rhapsodie espagnole, S.254

Disk 11

  1. O du mein holder Abendstern, S.444
  2. Ballade from der fliegende Holländer, S.441
  3. Aus Lohengrin, S.446: II. Elsas Traum
  4. Ouvertüre from Tannhäuser, S.442
  5. Feierlicher Marsch zum heiligen Gral from Parsifal, S.450
  6. Aus Lohengrin, S.446: III. Lohengrins Verweis an Elsa
  7. Walhall from Der Ring des Nibelungen, S.449
  8. 2 Stücke aus Tannhäuser und Lohengrin, S.445: II. Elsas Brautzug zum Münster
  9. Isoldens Liebestod, S.447

Disk 12

  1. Marche funèbre de Dom Sébastien de Donizetti, S.402
  2. Réminiscences de Lucrezia Borgia, S.400: I. Trio du seconde acte
  3. Réminiscences de Lucrezia Borgia, S.400: II. Chanson à boire – Duo – Finale
  4. Réminiscences de Norma, S.394
  5. Hexaméron, S.392

Disk 13

  1. Paraphrase de concert on Ernani II, S.432
  2. Salve Maria de Jérusalem S.431/2
  3. Miserere from Il trovatore S.433
  4. Paraphrase de concert on Rigoletto, S.434
  5. Finale from Don Carlos, S.435
  6. Agnus dei from Verdi’s requiem, S.437/2
  7. Réminiscences de Boccanegra, S.438
  8. Danza sacra e duetto finale from Aida, S.436

Disk 14

  1. Symphony No. 6 in F Major, S.464/6: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Symphony No. 6 in F Major, S.464/6: II. Andante molto moto
  3. Symphony No. 6 in F Major, S.464/6: III. Allegro
  4. Symphony No. 6 in F Major, S.464/6: IV. Allegro - V. Allegretto

Disk 15

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S.124: I. Allegro
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S.124: II. Quasi adagio
  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S.124: III. Allegretto vivace
  4. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S.124: IV. Allegro animato
  5. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S.124: V. Allegro marziale animato
  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: I. Adagio sostenuto assai
  7. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: II. Allegro agitato assai
  8. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: III. Allegro moderato
  9. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: IV. Allegro deciso, sempre allegro
  10. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: V. Marziale, un poco meno allegro
  11. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: VI. Allegro animato
  12. Totentanz S126/2