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Liszt: Complete Piano Music Vol 25 / Alexandre Dossin


Release Date: 06/26/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557904   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexandre Dossin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Among Liszt's operatic paraphrases and transcriptions, those based on Verdi operas constitute some of the composer/pianist's most effective and satisfying efforts in the genre. Since Claudio Arrau's reference recording of all seven can be had only as part of a boxed set, Naxos' excellent single-disc edition featuring Alexandre Dossin is all the more welcome. Like Arrau, Dossin is a big virtuoso who obtains huge sonorities without banging, and is not averse to underlining Liszt's expressive directives in red ink, with broad, rhetorical strokes.

At times Dossin's melodic pushing and pulling is a bit much (the Rigoletto Paraphrase's exposition), yet more than enough moments reveal the work of a caring keyboard master. For
Read more example, Dossin coaxes great tonal variety and emotional impact from the murky low-register passages in the Miserere from Il Trovatore. Also note the I Lombardi paraphrase's beautifully gilded arpeggios, Dossin's sense of long-lined control throughout the taxing left-hand octaves in Reminiscences De Boccanegra, or the way he conveys both power and luminosity in the Ernani paraphrase's bushels of chords. No doubt that Naxos' ample, detailed sonics enhance my observations. I hope that the label has further projects in store for this talented pianist.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexandre Dossin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  The Country Day School, King City, Ont., 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: The Country Day School, King City, Ont., Canada (08/09/2005 - 08/12/2005) 
2.
Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexandre Dossin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  The Country Day School, King City, Ont., 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: The Country Day School, King City, Ont., Canada (08/09/2005 - 08/12/2005) 
3.
Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexandre Dossin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  The Country Day School, King City, Ont., 
Length: 8 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: The Country Day School, King City, Ont., Canada (08/09/2005 - 08/12/2005) 
4.
Salve Maria de Jérusalem from Verdi's "I Lombardi", S 431 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexandre Dossin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  The Country Day School, King City, Ont., 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: The Country Day School, King City, Ont., Canada (08/09/2005 - 08/12/2005) 
5.
Coro e marcia funebre from Verdi's "Don Carlos", S 435 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexandre Dossin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1868; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  The Country Day School, King City, Ont., 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: The Country Day School, King City, Ont., Canada (08/09/2005 - 08/12/2005) 
6.
Reminiscences on Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra", S 438 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexandre Dossin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857/1881; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  The Country Day School, King City, Ont., 
Length: 11 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: The Country Day School, King City, Ont., Canada (08/09/2005 - 08/12/2005) 
7.
Paraphrase de concert on Verdi's "Ernani", S 432 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexandre Dossin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1859 
Venue:  The Country Day School, King City, Ont., 
Length: 8 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: The Country Day School, King City, Ont., Canada (08/09/2005 - 08/12/2005) 

Sound Samples

Verdi - Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert, S434/R267: Verdi - Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert , S434/R267
Verdi - Aida: Danza sacra e duetto final, S436/R269
Verdi - Miserere du Trovatore, S433/R266: Verdi - Il Trovatore: Miserere, S433/R266
Verdi - I Lombardi: Salve Maria de Jerusalem, S431/R264
Verdi - Don Carlos: Coro di festa e marcia funebre, S435/R268
Verdi - Reminiscences de Boccanegra, S438/R271
Verdi - Ernani: Paraphrase de concert, S432/R265

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