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Liszt: Annees De Pelerinage 2 / Michel Dalberto

Liszt / Dalberto
Release Date: 06/14/2011 
Label:  Piano Classics   Catalog #: 11   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michel Dalberto
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Among the Piano Classics label's initial releases culled from the back catalogs of various independent labels, I'm especially glad to reconnect with Michel Dalberto's two Liszt recitals originally issued by Denon. In fact, all of the Années de Pèlerinage Book II save for the three Sonetti del Petrarca also appeared under Joyce Hatto's name (remember her?). The slow timings for the Bénédiction de Dieu dans le Solitude and the Dante Sonata result from Dalberto's liberal rubato and wide range of tempo fluctuation, although the pianist's organic sense of flow and ability to shape and sustain long lines makes everything cohere. The same applies to his subtle underlining of the Weinen, Klagen variations' extraordinary Read more chromatic tension.

At the same time, lyrical simplicity and passionate dynamism effortlessly fuse in the aforementioned Sonetti del Petrarca and the three Liebesträume (it's nice to hear these works as a group, for the relatively unknown first two are equally worthy of their more famous brother No. 3!). Another seldom-heard work of interest is La notte, which Liszt transcribed from his Trois Odes Funebres for orchestra, and uses Il penseroso as a jumping off point. After hearing Dalberto's big-boned, colorful performance, you won't miss any orchestra! My only complaint concerns the sonic harshness and stridency at loud levels, a drawback that can be somewhat yet not completely tamed with a graphic equalizer. Still, Dalberto's classy artistry deserves the highest recommendation.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Prelude "Weinen, Klagen..." (JS Bach) for Piano, S 179 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michel Dalberto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Salle de Chatonneyre, Corseaux, Switzerl 
Length: 16 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 1, Hohe liebe by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michel Dalberto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Salle de Chatonneyre, Corseaux, Switzerl 
Length: 7 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 2, Gestorben war ich by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michel Dalberto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Salle de Chatonneyre, Corseaux, Switzerl 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
4. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michel Dalberto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Salle de Chatonneyre, Corseaux, Switzerl 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5. Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michel Dalberto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Salle de Chatonneyre, Corseaux, Switzerl 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6. Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 3, Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michel Dalberto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Salle de Chatonneyre, Corseaux, Switzerl 
Length: 19 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7. Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michel Dalberto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Salle de Chatonneyre, Corseaux, Switzerl 
Length: 11 Minutes 47 Secs. 
8. Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michel Dalberto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Salle de Chatonneyre, Corseaux, Switzerl 
9. La notte for Piano, S 516a (LW A202/2) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michel Dalberto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864-1866 
Date of Recording: 01/14/1993 
Venue:  Salle de Chatonneyre, Corseaux, Switzerl 
Length: 13 Minutes 6 Secs. 

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