WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Liszt: Works For Piano & Orchestra / Lortie


Release Date: 06/27/2006 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10371   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Louis Lortie
Conductor:  George Pehlivanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 34 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of some of the original recordings that make up this set.

Fantasia on a Theme from Beethoven's Ruins of Athens, Grande Fantasie symphonique on Themes from Berlioz's Lelio
These are exuberant performances, overflowing with arch character and impish brio. Lortie doesn't merely phrase responsively; he deftly teases and articulates, so that even routine passage-work lifts into scintillant repartee, wittily met by Pehiavanian and The Hague Residentie Orchestra. For salient instance, this is the first time I've heard the young Liszt's hilariously slapdash, formally sprawling Lelio Fantasy actually . . . fantasticated. Leslie Howard's fine, sympathetic go at it with Karl Anton Rickenbacher and the
Read more Budapest Symphony (Hyperion CDA67401/2, 22:5), to take perhaps the most challenging comparison, seems literal and earnest after this nuance-rife take, couching coruscating roguery in feathery exquisiteness. Nor do Howard's broader tempos—timing in at 29:44 against Lortie's fleet 24:06—help to put this overlong jeu across. Chez Lortie and Pehiavanian, on the other hand, it is no longer a mere curiosity but a grandly empurpled Byronic narrative. Similar comparisons could be drawn piece by piece, but suffice it to say that in brilliant contrast to the workmanlike note-spinning that too often overtakes such ambitious intégrales, these artists approach music-making as a form of merrymaking, animating everything with irresistible verve. Sound is transparently immediate in a spacious aural frame. Enthusiastically recommended.

Adrian Corleonis, Fanfare [9/2000]

Piano Concertos
Volume 3 triumphantly concludes Louis Lortie's Chandos cycle of Liszt's works for piano and orchestra. Once again his mastery is as fluent as it is scintillating. Less heartstopping or intense than his finest rivals in the two concertos (Richter and Zimerman, and Argerich in No 1 only) his occasional distance lends enchantment, and his aristocratic brilliance brings a special distinction to pages inviting heaviness and theatricality. Listen to him unbending winsomely at 1.24" in the First Concerto or tossing aside the Allegro vivace with an almost winged bravura, and at 045" in the cadenza from the Second Concerto he shows a poetry and inwardness rarely achieved in such overt showpieces.

He does all that is humanly possible with the Third Concerto, which received its premiere in 1990, yet even he, alive to moments of authentic Lisztian rhetoric, can do little to erase one's sense of music in urgent need of revision. Likewise the Concerto Pathetique, judiciously arranged from a variety of sources, storms and rants with the sort of self-conscious drama that often came too easily to Liszt; never more so than in the allguns-blazing Allegro trionfante conclusion. But again, the performance is exemplary, the recordings of demonstration quality with a sensible rather than spectacular balance, and George Pehlivanian and The Hague Residentie Orchestra prove themselves admirable partners, even when they are hardly maestoso at the start of the First Concerto. Altogether this has been a most distinguished series.

-- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone [5/2002]
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasy on "Ruins of Athens" (Beethoven) for Piano and Orchestra, S 122 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  George Pehlivanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1848-52; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Polonaise brillante (Weber) for Piano and Orchestra, S 367/R 460 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  George Pehlivanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3.
Grande Fantasie Symphonique on "Lelio" (Berlioz), S 120 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  George Pehlivanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Paris, France 
Length: 24 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
De profundis for Piano and Orchestra, S 691 (unfinished) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  George Pehlivanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; France 
Length: 33 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Malédiction, S 121 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  George Pehlivanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1840; Switzerland 
Length: 15 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  George Pehlivanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in E flat major, S 125a by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  George Pehlivanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835-1839 
Length: 12 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jay Rosenblatt. 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  George Pehlivanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9.
Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  George Pehlivanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1859; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 26 Secs. 
10.
Concerto pathétique, S 365 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  George Pehlivanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1857; Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 19 Secs. 
11.
Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, S 123 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  George Pehlivanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1852; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 43 Secs. 
12.
Wanderer Fantasy (Schubert) for Piano and Orchestra, S 366 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  George Pehlivanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1852; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In