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Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol 5 / Noseda, BBC PO

Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10524   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gillian Keith
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic OrchestraCity of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gianandrea Noseda does a good job with the Dante Symphony's first movement (the only part anyone cares about). He whips up the opening storm excitingly, plays the "Francesca" episode tenderly, evokes the hellish laughter in the strings and clarinets with obvious relish (kudos to the players here), and blasts through the closing pages with fiendish abandon. He's let down a bit by an orchestra with insufficient weight in the trombones and basses, and whose loud playing tends to turn into noise rather than impressive fullness of tone, but then that's always the case with this group, and this venue. The concluding Purgatorio has plenty of delicacy and nuance, and the Birmingham women sing well, but it's still an anti-climax (as Read more usual). The Two Legends are just plain boring, but then that's Liszt's fault. Good sound has characterized this series (this is volume five), and it still does. Recommended if you like the repertoire.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Dante Symphony, S 109 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gillian Keith (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1856; Weimar, Germany 
Legends of St Francis (2), S 354 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 

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