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Liszt - His Life & Music


Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8558214-15   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Kemal GekicOxana YablonskayaDiego FasolisJénö Jandó,   ... 
Conductor:  Paolo CrivellaroMichael HalászDiego Fasolis
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Will satisfy Liszt admirers as well as all music-lovers whether beginners or experienced performers or listeners.

These Naxos music educational packages get better and better. This new one released to mark the centenary of Liszt’s birth on 22 October 2011, is particularly generous. It can be a very useful reference point for both young people learning the basics of classical music and experienced music-lovers who would appreciate such a compact resource.

It includes Malcolm Hayes’ very readable introductory biography with a useful selected bibliography for further, deeper study. Hayes covers the composer’s early life as a travelling virtuoso and his disastrous personal relationships with his women,
Read more especially Countess Marie d’Agoult and Princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein; the vicissitudes of his chequered romance with the latter lady would strain the belief of readers of even the most outrageous fiction. Also well documented are Liszt’s friendships with some of the leading composers of the times including Berlioz, Chopin and Wagner. In between the biographical chapters there are none-too-technical appreciations of the music. These are often cross-referenced to the musical excerpts on the accompanying CDs and to the special web site which incidentally includes hours of extra music offering works heard on the CD in full. Online one can hear all the pieces that comprise Années de pèlerinage, première (Suisse), et deuxième années (Italie) and Harmonies poétiques et religeuses. The emphasis of the musical examples on the two CDs, is unsurprisingly placed on Liszt’s piano works. The soloists – Kemal Geki?, Oxana Yablonskaya, William Wolfram, Philip Thomson, Arnaldo Cohen and, most frequently and very satisfyingly, Jeno Jandó – deliver lucid and evocative performances. It is amazing to realise that Naxos have published 32 albums of Liszt’s piano works. These include his sacred pieces and his many transcriptions of other composers’ operatic and symphonic works. The discs are listed on the web-site; good publicity for Naxos but nevertheless another useful addition. Speaking of other composers, the web-site also carries some music typical of composers who influenced Liszt or were included in Liszt’s circle: Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Hummel, Mendelssohn, Saint-Säens and Wagner.

If all this wasn’t enough, the book also provides a full track-by-track analysis of all the pieces on the two CDs, a glossary of musical terms and a brief descriptive list of all the personalities who impacted on Liszt’s life and music.

One jarring note – I found that on several occasions I could not access the treasures on the web-site. This music seemed to be ‘down’ at the time I made my visits. I trust Naxos will rectify this irritation?

Will satisfy Liszt admirers as well as all music-lovers whether beginners or experienced performers or listeners.

-- Ian Lace, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Overture from Rossini's "Guillaume Tell" for Piano, S 552 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Kemal Gekic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
Length: 12 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Ave Maria I in A major, S 20 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diego Fasolis (Organ)
Conductor:  Paolo Crivellaro
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1852; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 2 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Hungary 
Length: 10 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Années de pčlerinage, premičre année, S 160 "Suisse": no 4, Au bord d'une source by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1854; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6.
Années de pčlerinage, premičre année, S 160 "Suisse": no 9, Les cloches de Genčve by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Weimar, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7.
Années de pčlerinage, deuxičme année, S 161 "Italie": no 1, Sposalizio by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 24 Secs. 
8.
Etude en douze exercices, S 136 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
9.
Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 4, Mazeppa by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
10.
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 3, Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Philip Thomson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 30 Secs. 
11.
Sonata in B minor (S178/R21): Excerpt, from beginning. Lento assai - Allegro energico by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851-1853 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 
12.
Orpheus, S 98 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Michael Halász
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1854; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 34 Secs. 
13.
Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexandre Dossin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
14.
Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175: no 1, St Francis of Assisi preaching by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 7 Secs. 
15.
Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175: no 2, St Francis de Paule walks on water by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
16.
Urbi et orbi, bénédiction papale for Piano, S 184 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Philip Thomson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
17.
Via crucis, S 53: Station I "Jesus wird zum Tode verdammt" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diego Fasolis (Piano)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876-1879 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
18.
Via crucis, S 53: Station II "Jesus trägt sein Kreuz" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diego Fasolis (Piano)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876-1879 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
19.
Via crucis, S 53: Station IV "Jesus Begegnet Seiner Heligen Mutter" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diego Fasolis (Piano)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876-1879; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
20.
In festo transfigurationis Domini nostri Jesu Christi, S 188 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Philip Thomson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
21.
Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, S 107: no 1, Die Wiege by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Philip Thomson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
22.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 17 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
23.
Nuages gris for Piano, S 199 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
24.
via crucis, s 53: Prelude "Vexilla regis" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diego Fasolis (Piano)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876-1879 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
25.
via crucis, s 53: Station III "Jesus fällt zum ersten Mal" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Diego Fasolis (Piano)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876-1879 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Rossini - Overture to the opera William Tell, S552/R237
12 Lieder von Schubert, S558/R243: Schubert - 12 Lieder, S558/R243: No. 2. Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Ave Maria, S20/1/R496a
19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: No. 2 in C sharp minor
Annees de pelerinage, 1st year, Switzerland, S160/R10: No. 4. Au bord d'une source (Beside a Spring)
Annees de pelerinage, 1st year, Switzerland, S160/R10: No. 9. Les cloches de Geneve (The Bells of Geneva)
Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: No. 1. Sposalizio (Marriage of the Virgin)
Etude en douze exercices, S136/R1: No. 4. Allegro grazioso
12 Etudes d'execution transcendante, S139/R2b: No. 4 in D minor, "Mazeppa"
Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S173/R14: Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses, S173/R14: III. Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude
Piano Sonata in B minor, S178/R21: Lento assai - Allegro energico
Orpheus, S98/R415
Verdi - Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert, S434/R267
2 Legendes, S175/R17: I. St. Francois d' Assise: La predication aux oiseaux
2 Legendes, S175/R17: II. St. Francois de Paule marchant sur les flots
Urbi et orbi, benediction papale, S184/R69: Urbi et orbi - benediction papale, S184/R69
Via Crucis, S53/R534: Einleitung: Vexilla regis prodeunt
Via Crucis, S53/R534: Station I: Jesus wird zum Tode verdammt
Via Crucis, S53/R534: Station II: Jesus tragt sein Kreuz
Via Crucis, S53/R534: Station III: Jesus fallt zum ersten Mal
Via Crucis, S53/R534: Station IV: Jesus begegnet seiner heiligen Mutter
In festo transfigurationis Domini nostri Jesu Christi, S188/R74
Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, S107/R424: From the Cradle to the Grave (Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe), S107: The Cradle (Die Wiege)
19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: No. 17 in D minor
Trube Wolken (Nuages gris), S199/R78: Nuages gris (Trube Wolken), S199/R78

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