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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Liszt / Todd Crow


Release Date: 08/28/2001 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1058   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Todd Crow
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In a review of the Liszt transcription of the Symphonie Fantastique Robert Schumann wrote: "Liszt has applied so much industry and enthusiasm and genius that the result, like an original work summarizing his profound studies, must be considered as a complete manual of instruction in the art of playing the piano from score...This can only be the work of a master and genius of performance such as Liszt above all others is well known to be. But in such a case the piano arrangement need not fear being heard side by side with an orchestral performance." In comparing Liszt's transcription and the Berlioz original, the only true commonality are the notes. But while the notes are the same, in performance the music is very different. Unobscured by Read more orchestral colors, the piano projects the work's harmony and structure with utmost clarity and can be stark in its ability to express musical essentials. Todd Crow has been acclaimed for performances in North and South America and Europe. The New York Times has described his playing as "Heroic (showing) endless flair, color and stamina." The Times of London has called his playing "spine-chilling" and "exhilarating." He is currently Professor of Music at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonie fantastique (Berlioz), S 470 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Todd Crow (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
Venue:  Skinner Hall, Vassar College 
Length: 54 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2.
L'idée fixée: Andante amoroso (Berlioz), S 395 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Todd Crow (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1833; Paris, France 
Venue:  Skinner Hall, Vassar College 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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