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Liszt: Piano Works / Aldo Ciccolini


Release Date: 11/21/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67906   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



LISZT Années de pèlerinage: Première année—Suisse; Deuxième année—Italie, Venezia e Napoli; Troisième année . Harmonies poétiques et religieuses. 3 Liebesträume. 6 Consolations. 2 Légendes. Ballades: No. 1; No. 2. “ Liebestod” from Wagner’s “Tristan.” Paraphrase on a Waltz from Gounod’s “Faust.” Valse à capriccio sur deux motifs de “Lucia” et “Parasina.” Paraphrase on the Quartet from Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” Reminiscences on Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra.” Paraphrase on the Read more “Miserere” from Verdi’s “Trovatore.” Paraphrase on Themes from Verdi’s “Aïda” Aldo Ciccolini (pn) EMI 67906 (5 CDs: 364:03)


As the stereo era dawned, Aldo Ciccolini was one of the heavy hitters in bringing Liszt to discs, both in the sense of giving magnificent voice to large portions of his most surefire work—(e.g., all three years of the Années in 1962) at a time when the Liszt discography seemed to have run aground on the same couple dozen pieces—but also in his chiaroscuro pianism, going for the gusto without lingering for nuance or subtlety in favor of a grandly Italianate singing line cresting viscerally compelling élan. “Venezia e Napoli” appeared in 1969, the Liebesträume, Consolations, Ballades , and Légendes through the 1970s, the opera paraphrases through the 1980s, crowned by the complete set of Harmonies poétiques et religieuses in 1990. Recorded in the Salle Wagram with only three engineers over the years, sound is strikingly uniform from decade to decade—close, richly detailed, hiss yielding to silence as technological responsiveness captures him with increasing gutsiness from the 1980s.


Here is Liszt at his most immediately appealing, though Ciccolini is not always stylistically aware—the Rigoletto Paraphrase , for instance, is played, against the grain, as a rendition of the stage event rather than a distantly savored recollection of it. On the other hand, the thumping pizzazz of his Valse de Faust is what a more penetrating artist, Stephen Hough, say, takes for granted and stratospherically surpasses in gossamer-confected elegance (Hyperion 67424, Fanfare 29:3). But Hough is no pianist for listeners just coming to Liszt—it was Ciccolini, among others, who demonstrated what Liszt was about, spurring my youthful enthusiasm. A generation on his legacy still gives pleasure. The set is generously priced. And the narrow box, grandly filled, its five CDs in cardboard sleeves, will fit snugly on your loaded shelves. Enthusiastically recommended.


FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis
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Works on This Recording

1.
Années de pèlerinage, première année, S 160 "Suisse" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Composition written: Weimar, Germany (1848 - 1854). 
2.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Venezia e Napoli, S 162 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy 
5.
Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S 173 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
6.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
7.
Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
8.
Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
9.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in D flat major, S 170 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1848; Weimar, Germany 
10.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Weimar, Germany 
11.
Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Weimar, Germany 
12.
Paraphrase on a Waltz from Gounod's "Faust", S 407 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1861; Weimar, Germany 
13.
Waltz on Themes from "Lucia" and "Parisina", S 401 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
14.
Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
15.
Reminiscences on Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra", S 438 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857/1881; Rome, Italy 
16.
Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
17.
Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Rome, Italy 

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