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Lost In Venice With Prometheus / Jan Michiels

Bach / Beethoven / Wagner / Liszt / Michiels
Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Fuga Libera   Catalog #: 716   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz LisztZoltán KocsisLudwig van BeethovenLuigi Nono,   ... 
Performer:  Jan Michiels
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With the 'Lost in Venice with Prometheus' project, Belgian pianist Jan Michiels tells a story that follows the unshakeable logic of a dream. The result is a musical journey with, as the principal port of call, Venice, its architectural density serving as a metaphor for going deep into the plurality of history (of music). Our travelling companion is Prometheus, a character who, according to composer Luigi Nono and to the image of the city of 1,000 canals, never stopped seeking, finding, setting, going beyond and transgressing. The piano version of Ludwig van Beethoven's ballet The Creatures of Prometheus forms the heart and main line of this ambitious project and is the starting point that leads us to Bach, Wagner (Feierlicher Marsch, Read more Isoldens Liebestod), Liszt (Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, R.W. - Venezia) Nono (Partita) and Holliger (...sofferte onde serene...). 'I invite you into the lion's den, somewhere in Venice, the secret labyrinth that cannot be apprehended in its entirety except by getting lost in it.' Jan Michiels Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, S 512 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 16 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Transcription for piano of Wagner's Prelude to Tristan und Isolde by Zoltán Kocsis
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 9 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
R. W. - Venezia, S 201 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4.
Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 62 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5.
Sofferte onde serene by Luigi Nono
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Italy 
6.
Am Grabe Richard Wagners for Piano, S 202 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
7.
Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
8.
March to the Grail from Wagner's "Parsifal", S 450 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 10 Minutes 45 Secs. 
9.
La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (1st version) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
10.
Unstern: sinistre, disastro for Piano, S 208 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: after 1880; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
11.
Three-Part Invention no 9 in F minor, BWV 795 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12.
Three-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 801 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
13.
Csárdás (2) for Piano, S 225: no 1 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
14.
Partita for Piano by Heinz Holliger
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 31 Minutes 16 Secs. 
15.
Csárdás (2) for Piano, S 225: no 2, Csárdás obstinée by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Hungary 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
16.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 23 in B major, BWV 892 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
17.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 11 in F major, BWV 880 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
18.
Nuages gris for Piano, S 199 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
19.
La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (2nd version) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jan Michiels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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