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Liszt: Complete Piano Music Vol 1 / Arnaldo Cohen


Release Date: 06/10/1997 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553852   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The problem with Naxos’ Liszt Edition is that it’s easy to overlook some really outstanding releases. If you’ve been following his career, Arnaldo Cohen is a first-rate virtuoso whose Liszt discs on BIS have been outstanding. This Naxos program is just as interesting. The transcription of Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre almost amounts to a new work (he adds several minutes to it) and is absolutely fascinating. It was one of Horowitz’s most impressive recordings from the 1940s. Unstern: sinistre, disastro is one of those strange, dark, late works, but unlike some of them it’s one that’s uninterruptedly gripping.

Cohen has recorded the piano and orchestra version of Totentanz very
Read more powerfully for BIS, and this solo piano version is just as exciting. You may not know that the final crashing scale at the end of the orchestral version actually comes from this arrangement; in Liszt’s original the orchestra closes the piece without the piano. The bottom line: this is a wonderful recital of some of Liszt’s darker and more death-obsessed music, and it’s a tribute to Cohen’s programming intelligence, never mind his virtuosity, that he pulls it off without a trace of monotony (having the Huguenots fantasy in the middle of the program certainly helps).

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns), S 555 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  St George's Hall, Bristol, England 
2.
Nuages gris for Piano, S 199 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  St George's Hall, Bristol, England 
3.
Unstern: sinistre, disastro for Piano, S 208 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: after 1880; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  St George's Hall, Bristol, England 
4.
Grande Fantasie on "Les Huguenots" (Meyerbeer), S 412 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  St George's Hall, Bristol, England 
Notes: Ver: Franz Liszt (1842) 
5.
La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (1st version) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  St George's Hall, Bristol, England 
6.
La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (2nd version) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  St George's Hall, Bristol, England 
7.
Impromptu for Piano in F sharp major, S 191 "Nocturne" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  St George's Hall, Bristol, England 
8.
Totentanz for Piano, S 525 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arnaldo Cohen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1860-1865; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  St George's Hall, Bristol, England 

Sound Samples

Saint-Saens - Danse macabre, S555/R240
Trube Wolken (Nuages gris), S199/R78: Nuages gris (Trube Wolken), S199/R78
Unstern! Sinistre, disastro, S208/R80
Grande fantaisie sur des themes de Les Huguenots by Meyerbeer,S412/R211, Reminiscences des Huguenots: Grande fantaisie sur des themes de l'opera Les Huguenots by Meyerbeer, S412/R211, "Reminiscences des Huguenots"
La lugubre gondola, S200/R81 (1st version)
La lugubre gondola, S200/R81 (2nd version)
Impromptu, S191/R59, "Nocturne"
Totentanz, S525/R188

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