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Liszt: Complete Music For Solo Piano Vol 53b / Leslie Howard


Release Date: 11/24/1998 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67403/4   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leslie Howard
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Together with Volume 53a (Hyperion 67401) of Hyperion and Leslie Howard's edition of the Franz Liszt's complete piano music, this set presents all of Liszt's music for piano and orchestra. As is to be expected from this monumental series, the performances are excellent, the liner notes are meticulously researched, and where possible Howard has consulted the manuscripts and early printed editions to ensure an authoritative text.
Two of the pieces in this set are Liszt's versions of other composers' works: Schubert's solo-piano 'Wandererfantasie' arranged for piano and orchestra, and Weber's 'Konzertstück' with adjustments to the solo part to better balance later pianos against the orchestra. Two others exist in other versions which can
Read more stand as completely separate works: the 'Totentanz' is given here in its first version (the final version is in Volume 53a), and the 'Concerto pathétique' is the final incarnation of what began as the solo-piano 'Grand solo de concert,' of which Liszt made a concertante version (also in Volume 53a) and reworked twice more before the piano-orchestra 'Concerto pathétique.'
Howard's performances are sparkling throughout. His mastery of Liszt's idiom is complete, the result of years of performance and intensive study. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997-98 
Venue:  Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 21 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2. De profundis for Piano and Orchestra, S 691 (unfinished) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; France 
Date of Recording: 1997-98 
Venue:  Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 36 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: The score for this recording was prepared by Jay Rosenblatt and Leslie Howard from the manuscript sources. 
3. Wanderer Fantasy (Schubert) for Piano and Orchestra, S 366 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997-98 
Venue:  Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 21 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4. Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1859; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997-98 
Venue:  Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 17 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1849 (edited by Ferruccio Busoni) 
5. Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, S 123 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997-98 
Venue:  Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 16 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6. Concerto for Piano in the Hungarian Style, S 714 "Ungarische Zigeunerweisen" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885 
Date of Recording: 1997-98 
Venue:  Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 17 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: This work may have been composed in collaboration with Sophie Menter, or assembled from melodic material provided by her; the nature of Liszt's involvement with it is unclear. This version for piano and orchestra was prepared by Tchaikovsky in 1892 at Menter's request. 
7. Concerto pathétique, S 365 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1857; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997-98 
Venue:  Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 25 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8. Konzertstück in F minor (Weber) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1837 
Date of Recording: 1997-98 
Venue:  Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 17 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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