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Liszt: Concerto No 1, Etc / Arrau, Ormandy


Release Date: 09/13/2012 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 62338   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Claudio Arrau
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

These 1951/52 Liszt recordings present pianist Claudio Arrau at the peak of his considerable powers. Although the selections often are treated as glittery showpieces, they take on deeper dimensions through Arrau’s fusion of virtuosic élan with serious musical purpose. For example, in the First concerto, Arrau’s octave playing is weighty and sonorous yet full of ferocity and point, while the vocally-oriented ebb and flow of his pronounced rubatos in the Quasi adagio underline the music’s harmonic tension. Furthermore, forward drive and passionate sweep never take a back seat to the incredible finesse and tonal sheen that Arrau brings to trills, mordents, and other embellishments in the concerto’s Allegretto vivace, not to mention the Read more Hungarian Fantasy’s concertante-like Quasi fantasia section and the concluding Vivace assai. Under Eugene Ormandy’s meticulous yet inspired leadership, the Philadelphia Orchestra provides vivid support, abetted by highly distinct first-desk soloists.

A group of five Hungarian Rhapsodies remained unedited and unissued until the mid 1970s, when Arrau allowed the Desmar label to release them in support of the International Piano Archives, headed in those days by Gregor Benko. Arrau makes the most of each opening section’s declamatory, theatrical nature yet eschews vulgarity. He projects the melodies in full-throated fashion, arpeggiating chords with the utmost specificity in regard to speed and voicing. Note the expressive and coloristic variety Arrau obtains in No. 10’s glissandos. And no matter how controlled the stylish accents and accelerations are in No. 13’s “friska” section, Arrau still manages to dazzle the ear. Thanks to ArkivMusic’s “on demand” reprint program, this important release in Sony Classical’s sadly discontinued Masterworks Heritage series reclaims its rightful place in the catalog.

– Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/17/1952 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA 
2.
Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, S 123 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/17/1952 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA 
3.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 8 in F sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951-52 
Venue:  CBS 30th Street Studios, New York City 
4.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 9 in E flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951-52 
Venue:  CBS 30th Street Studios, New York City 
5.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 10 in E major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1951-52 
Venue:  CBS 30th Street Studios, New York City 
6.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 11 in A minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951-52 
Venue:  CBS 30th Street Studios, New York City 
7.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 13 in A minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951-52 
Venue:  CBS 30th Street Studios, New York City 

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