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Liszt: The Complete Songs Vol 3 / Gerald Finley, Julius Drake

Liszt,F. / Finley,Gerald / Drake,Julius
Release Date: 03/10/2015 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67956  
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald FinleyJulius Drake
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Though they're substantial in number, the songs of Franz Liszt rarely feature in recital programmes and so this projected complete edition is all the more welcome. Gerald Finley offers 17 items in the third volume, singing expertly in four languages: German, French, Italian and English.

The standard of the songs themselves is impressively high—only one, the rather flatly rhetorical Weimars Toten which pays homage to the city's distinguished literary figures, disappoints. Elsewhere, as Susan Youens's notes point out, the songs are 'a laboratory for experiment for 'music of the future'', and in terms of harmony and the use of open endings to individual songs they mark out new and original territory. The piano writing, too, is
Read more regularly extraordinary—virtuosic in the Three Petrarch Sonnets and the Victor Hugo setting Gastibelza, an offbeat bolero, while later on in the composer's creative life they're often notably spare in texture. Julius Drake shines in all of them.

So, too, does Finley, with his sensitivity to the fore in the fine Heine settings, bringing emotional engagement and a measure of Italianate warmth to the comparatively well-known Petrarch settings, telling the story of Die Fischerstochter with skills and effect, making a striking miniature of Und wir dachten der Toten and giving a masterly performance of Die Vätergruft. In excellent sound the whole adds up to a delightful sequence of discoveries.
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- George Hall, BBC Music Magazine [3/2015]

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Works on This Recording

1.
Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass, S 297 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1860 
2.
Und wir dachten der Toten, S 338 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1871; Rome, Italy 
3.
Petrarch Sonnets (3), S 270 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Switzerland 
4.
Morgens steh' ich auf und frage, S 290 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1859 
5.
Le vieux vagabond, S 304 (LW N44) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848 
6.
La tombe et la rose, S 285 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
7.
Go not, happy day, S 335 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Germany 
8.
Gastibelza, S 286 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844 
9.
Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam, S 309 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855/1860; Weimar, Germany 
10.
Die Vätergruft, S 281 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
11.
Die Fischertochter, S 325 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
12.
Anfangs wollt’ ich fast verzagen, S 311 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1860 
13.
Weimars Toten, S 303 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848 

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