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Beethoven & Liszt: Complete Symphonies / Martynov


Release Date: 11/03/2017 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 374  
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yury Martynov
Number of Discs: 6 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set brings together the five separate albums containing Franz Liszt’s transcriptions of Beethoven’s nine symphonies performed by the pianist Yury Martynov. Reducing these complex works for piano solo was an enormous challenge for Liszt, who nevertheless succeeded in recreating their prodigious character and their incredible power. ‘An event on a period piano, thanks to which we rediscover the colors... of the orchestra’ (Pianiste): the piano combines the whole orchestra, sometimes even with vocal soloists and chorus, bringing their voices together in a single instrument. The energy and the textures of the symphonies are laid bare and magnified in the interpretation of Yury Martynov on a Blüthner piano dating from 1867 and an Read more Érard piano of 1837, both from the collection of Edwin Beunk: the Russian pianist reveals ‘details usually obscured in orchestral performances, which come to light thanks to his meticulous phrasing and colouring of every bar’ (The Guardian).

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REVIEW:

Yury Martynov is one of the few pianists around with the technical resources, musical grasp and conviction to recreate this legacy persuasively. In doing so, he amply demonstrates its continued usefulness and vitality. It seems safe to say that he has given us the Beethoven-Liszt cycle for our time, and one unlikely soon to be superseded.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 6 in F major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yury Martynov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837 
2.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 2 in D major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yury Martynov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 
3.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 7 in A major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yury Martynov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837 
4.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 1 in C major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yury Martynov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 
5.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 3 in E flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yury Martynov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 
6.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 8 in F major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yury Martynov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 
7.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 4 in B flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yury Martynov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 
8.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 5 in C minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yury Martynov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837 
9.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 9 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yury Martynov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 

Customer Reviews

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 New music to me March 13, 2018 By Robert B. (Steamboat Springs, CO) See All My Reviews "I purchased this as it was an unknown transcription to me. Well performed and very enjoyable. Highly recommend." Report Abuse
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