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Liszt: Piano Concertos, Ruins Of Athens Fantasy / Muza Rubackyte

Liszt / Rubacktye / Liuthuanina National Sym Orch
Release Date: 01/31/2012 
Label:  Doron Music   Catalog #: 3053  
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Műza Rubackyté
Conductor:  Imants ResnisDavid AngusStefan Lano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liepaja Symphony OrchestraVlaanderen Symphony OrchestraLithuanian Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Muza’s projection of the concertos does not lack for incisiveness, swagger, or clout where called for, but within a lyrically alive aura of serenity...The Ruins of Athens Fantasy...comes on like a Boeing, bombing our ears with octaves, razzle-dazzle, improvisation, disorder. And this is what an appreciative Latvian audience was treated to.

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LISZT Piano Concertos: No. 1 1 , No. 2 2. Fantasia on Themes from Read more Beethoven’s Ruins of Athens 3 1–3 Muza Rubackyt? (pn); 1 Stefan Lano, 2 David Angus, 3 Imants Resnis, cond; 1 Lithuanian Natl SO; 2 Vlaanderen SO; 3 Liepaja SO DORON DRC 3053 (51:46)


Liszt’s warhorse concertos have become tired jades through baneful repetition, while even such a staunch Lisztian as Humphrey Searle dismissed the Ruins of Athens Fantasy as “little more than a brilliant showpiece.” Recorded between 2002 and 2009, these are appropriate issues for the bicentennial of Liszt’s birth, which prompted renewed interest and new approaches. M?za Rubackyt?—a born Liszt player combining brilliance and divination—was ahead of the crowd, taking the works on disc across Europe as a sort of apostle for them. The recording venues of these live performances, before well-behaved audiences holding applause until the last notes fade, skip from, respectively, Lithuania to Holland to Latvia, but are unanimous in their slightly recessed aural frame, featuring detailed capture within large-hall ambience. Muza’s projection of the concertos does not lack for incisiveness, swagger, or clout where called for, but within a lyrically alive aura of serenity. On the other hand, as she notes, tongue-in-cheek, in the interview, The Ruins of Athens Fantasy “recalls psychoanalysis—how to ‘kill’ the father. In Liszt’s case, Beethoven. After a very classical introduction, the piano comes on like a Boeing, bombing our ears with octaves, razzle-dazzle, improvisation, disorder.” And this is what an appreciative Latvian audience was treated to. “It’s fun to do this piece!” The audience thought so, too. Rubackyt?’s take is certainly more persuasive than the deadpan hodgepodge usually visited upon the Ruins . The document of a great artist on tour. Recommended, of course.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasy on "Ruins of Athens" (Beethoven) for Piano and Orchestra, S 122 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Műza Rubackyté (Piano)
Conductor:  Imants Resnis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1848-52; Weimar, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Műza Rubackyté (Piano)
Conductor:  David Angus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vlaanderen Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Műza Rubackyté (Piano)
Conductor:  Stefan Lano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 

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