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Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol 3 / Noseda, Et Al


Release Date: 06/26/2007 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10417   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Noseda and his BBC Phil catch all the Liszt drama, with no going over the top

No one could accuse Liszt of a lack of largesse. And listening to Vol 3 in Chandos’s recordings of the symphonic poems you are made more aware than ever of his role as an over-reacher, a towering figure who sought to loosen all formal constraints and allow the river of Romanticism to rush by in full spate. Here, once more, is one dramatic gesture after another to startle and provoke Liszt’s contemporaries who, indifferent to such generosity, quibbled over the length of the massive Héroïde funèbre and dismissed Mazeppa as vulgar and meretricious. Again, it is possible to see in all these works Liszt’s lifelong preoccupation
Read more with the triumph of good over evil and, more personally, the recognition due to him long after his death. True, there are times when his reliance on sequence and chromaticism to intensify his themes can seem like so much padding and it says much for the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda that they once more temper drama with discretion. They achieve a special sense of exultance rather than bombast in Festklänge, written to celebrate Liszt’s planned marriage to the Princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein. And they are no less successful in the vast spans of the Héroïde funèbre, a still desolating tribute to those who suffered “throughout the whole spectrum of human carnage” (Liszt). Fluent and eloquent as ever, Noseda and his orchestra have once more been superbly recorded.

-- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone [7/2007]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prometheus, S 99 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850/1855; Weimar, Germany 
2.
Mazeppa, S 100 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851/1854; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Festklänge, S 101 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Héroďde funébre, S 102 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850/1854; Weimar, Germany 

Sound Samples

Mazeppa, S100/R417: Allegro agitato -
Mazeppa, S100/R417: Un poco piu mosso, sempre agitato assai -
Mazeppa, S100/R417: Andante - Allegro
Mazeppa, S100/R417: Allegro marziale
Heroide Funebre, S102/R419: Lento lugubre -
Heroide Funebre, S102/R419: Marcia funebre -
Heroide Funebre, S102/R419: Piu lento
Heroide Funebre, S102/R419: Piu agitato ed accelerando il tempo poco a poco - Tempo I [Marcia funebre]
Prometheus, S99/R416: Allegro energico ed agitato assai - Maestoso, un poco ritenuto il tempo - Andante (Recitativo) -
Prometheus, S99/R416: Allegro molto appassionato - Ritenuto il tempo (quasi Recitativo) -
Prometheus, S99/R416: allegro moderato - Poco a poco accelerando il tempo (sin'al Allegro agitato assai) -
Prometheus, S99/R416: Tempo I - Andante (Recitativo) -
Prometheus, S99/R416: Allegro molto appassionato - Stretto. Piu animato - Poco a poco sempre piu stringendo sin'al fine
Festklange, S101/R418: Allegro mosso con brio - Andante sostenuto - Tempo I, Allegro mosso con brio -
Festklange, S101/R418: Allegretto (Tempo rubato) - Allegro non troppo - Un poco animato il tempo - Allegro mosso con brio - Allegretto
Festklange, S101/R418: Tempo I, Allegro mosso con brio - Andante sostenuto - Tempo I, Allegro mosso con brio
Festklange, S101/R418: Allegretto (Tempo rubato) - Allegro non troppo - Un poco animato il tempo - Allegro mosso con brio - Allegretto - Allegro -
Festklange, S101/R418: Andante sostenuto - Poco a poco accelerando il tempo sin'al Allegro mosso con brio - Allegro mosso con brio - Stretto

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