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Liszt: Concertos For Piano & Orchestra Nos 1 & 2; Hungarian Rhapsody No 12


Release Date: 12/17/2001 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 470257   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Julius Katchen
Conductor:  Ataulfo ArgentaPiero Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

No showmanship, no big gestures, but great music-making from a great pianist... Having grown up with Katchen's Liszt concertos it is, I admit, difficult to be objective, for whatever their shortcomings, every subsequent recording has had to equal them. Very few have, and none has quite displaced or surpassed them for me.

-- Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone [2/2005, reviewing Decca 460831]

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Argenta...inspires some blistering orchestral playing – from the LPO this time – in the First Liszt. Katchen is wispy and quicksilver when needs be – the lightness and graded panache of his trill in the second movement is memorable, whereas the sheer adrenalin and panache of his playing
Read more in the finale is a joy to hear. Stoical but sensitive in the A Major concerto he can also show his brittle mettle in the finale.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International [reviewing Decca 460831]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Weimar, Germany 
3. Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, S 123 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Conductor:  Piero Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1852; Weimar, Germany 
4. Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
5. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 12 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124: 1. Allegro maestoso - Tempo giusto
Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124: 2a. Quasi adagio
Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124: 3. Allegretto vivace
Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124: 4. Allegro marziale animato
Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125: 1. Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai
Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125: 2. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125: 3. Allegro deciso - Marziale un poco meno allegro
Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125: 4. Allegro animato
Hungarian Rhapsody No.12 in C sharp minor, S.244
10 Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S.173: No. 7 Funérailles
Fantasia on Hungarian Folk tunes, S.123

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