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Liszt: Piano Works / Jeffrey Swann


Release Date: 10/13/2009 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 245   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeffrey Swann
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All these pieces date from Liszt's austerer, later years when he had abandoned the life of a lionized itinerant virtuoso. Yet apart from To Petofi's Memory and Mosonyi's Funeral Procession—written to commemorate two cherished, late-lamented compatriots—Jeffrey Swann's chosen programme makes formidable enough technical demands for the disc to sell under the title of "The Virtuoso Liszt"... In so far as sheer prestidigitation is concerned, I would say that Swann's fingerwork is even swifter and sharper-cut than that of the mellower Katsaris (Teldec/ASV) or Howard (Hyperion). In much of the love music in the Waltzes he also shows himself capable of phrasing as poetic as it is intense... [I]n his own highly-strung, darting way, Swann Read more certainly brings home [Liszt's] exploratory daring. As for the two valedictory Hungarian portraits (incidentally listed in the wrong order on the box) I would have preferred a slower tempo for both—and tauter, more inexorable rhythm in the main theme of To Petofi's Memory. Nevertheless, both bring reminders of the searching musician in Swann that won him first prize in Milan's Dino Ciani Competition in the early 1970s.

-- Gramophone [8/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeffrey Swann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
2.
Mephisto Polka for Piano, S 217 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeffrey Swann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Rome, Italy 
3.
Mephisto Waltz no 3 for Piano, S 216 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeffrey Swann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Rome, Italy 
4.
Mephisto Waltz no 4 for Piano, S 696 [fragment] by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeffrey Swann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Rome, Italy 
5.
Mosonyis Grabgeleit for Piano, S 194 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeffrey Swann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Hungary 
6.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 16 in A major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeffrey Swann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Budapest, Hungary 
7.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 17 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeffrey Swann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Budapest, Hungary 
8.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 18 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeffrey Swann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Budapest, Hungary 
9.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 19 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeffrey Swann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Budapest, Hungary 
10.
Dem Andenken Petöfis, S 195 by Franz Liszt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Budapest, Hungary 

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