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Liszt: Les Preludes, Piano Concerto No 1, Etc/Karajan, Et Al


Release Date: 02/27/2001 
Label:  Dg Panorama Catalog #: 469151   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Shura CherkasskyMartha ArgerichSviatoslav RichterClaudio Arrau,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanClaudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The producers of DG's Liszt Panorama collection chose their selections well. Both showmanship and refinement characterize Herbert von Karajan's exciting, gorgeously executed Liszt Les Preludes plus two Hungarian Rhapsodies. In the Hungarian Fantasy, Karajan dovetails piano soloist Shura Cherkassky's impetuous fingerwork while holding down a taut orchestral fort. When it comes to genuine live-wire pianism, though, Martha Argerich's volatile Liszt E-flat Concerto, B minor Sonata, and Sixth Hungarian Rhapsody take the proverbial cake. Vladimir Ashkenazy charts the First Mephisto Waltz's evocative terrain with intelligent ferocity plus amazing broken octaves and quick leaps. Despite the slightly murky sound,
Read more Sviatoslav Richter's Feux Follets and Harmonies du Soir from his famous 1958 Sofia recital unquestionably rank with the better sounding studio items making up the rest of this compilation. As much as I love Claudio Arrau's probing, expansive Bénédiction de Dieu Dans le Solitude, I feel that shorter works would have better represented Liszt's lyrical, introspective style. However, my rating discounts both this minor quibble and the less than state-of-the-art sonics in the Richter items. [10/31/2001]

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Les préludes, S 97 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848/1854; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, S 123 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1852; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 5, Feux follets by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6.
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 3, Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 6 Secs. 
7.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 6 in D flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 2 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Length: 13 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 4 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Length: 11 Minutes 17 Secs. 
10.
Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No.3, S.97 (after Lamartine)
Fantasia on Hungarian Folk tunes, S.123
Hungarian Rhapsody No.4 In D Minor, S.359 No.4 (Corresponds Piano Version No. 12 In C Sharp Minor)
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 In C Sharp Minor, S.244
Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124: 1. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124: 2. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124: 3. Allegro marziale animato
Mephisto Waltz No.1, S.514
Piano Sonata In B Minor, S.178: Lento assai - Allegro energico
Piano Sonata In B Minor, S.178: Grandioso
Piano Sonata In B Minor, S.178: Cantando espressivo
Piano Sonata In B Minor, S.178: Pesante - Recitativo
Piano Sonata In B Minor, S.178: Andante sostenuto
Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178: Quasi Adagio
Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178: Allegro energico
Piano Sonata In B Minor, S.178: Più mosso
Piano Sonata In B Minor, S.178: Cantando espressivo senza slentare
Piano Sonata In B Minor, S.178: Stretta quasi Presto - Presto - Prestissimo
Piano Sonata In B Minor, S.178: Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Lento assai
12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139: No.5 Feux follets (Allegretto)
12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139: No.11 Harmonies du soir (Andantino)
10 Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S.173 / 3.Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude: Moderato -
10 Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S.173 / 3.Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude: Andante -
10 Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S.173 / 3.Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude: Più sostenuto quasi preludio - Andante semplice
Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 In D Flat, S.244

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Sound not up to par. May 19, 2012 By John F. M. (East Meadow, NY) See All My Reviews "The performances on this CD are well done. But had I heard the CD before buying it, I wouldn't have bought it. The sound leaves a lot to desire. This is particularly true for Les Preludes where the lower brass, which have a significant role, can hardly be heard. Also, the listing of the Hungarian Rhapsodies #2 & #4 are backwards - not really a big problem but the sound sure is." Report Abuse
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