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Liszt: Mephisto Waltz, Etc / Stephen Hough


Release Date: 08/16/1994 
Label:  Virgin Classics Special Import Catalog #: 61129   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Performing with unashamed virtuosity, sentiment, bravado, spiritual introversion and flashiness, Stephen Hough plays Liszt as if he had thought of every note himself. Technical effects are displayed with affection, grace and apparent ease and the Mephisto Waltz is truly demoniac; yet the peace, clarity and thoughtfulness of St François and the Bénédiction prove that there is far more to Liszt, and Hough, than showmanship.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Jessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine
Performing with unashamed virtuosity, sentiment, bravado, spiritual introversion and flashiness, Stephen Hough plays Liszt as if he had thought of every note himself. Technical effects are displayed with affection, grace and apparent ease and the Mephisto Waltz is truly demoniac; yet the peace, clarity and thoughtfulness of St François and the Bénédiction prove that there is far more to Liszt, and Hough, than showmanship.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Jessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1987 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Venezia e Napoli, S 162: no 3, Tarantella by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1987 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Rhapsodie espagnole for Piano, S 254 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1863; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1987 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4.
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 4, Pensée by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1987 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 47 Secs. 
5.
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 3, Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1987 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6.
Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175: no 1, St Francis of Assisi preaching by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1987 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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