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Liszt - The Piano Collection


Release Date: 07/12/2011 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 27180   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo CiccoliniGyörgy CziffraVladimir OvchinikovMikhail Rudy,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first four discs of EMI's 10-CD Liszt anniversary collection feature Aldo Ciccolini in the complete Années de pèlerinage (his superb stereo remakes), Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, the three Liebesträume, six Consolations, the two Ballades and, best of all, the gorgeously nuanced St. Francis Légendes. Discs five and six continue with Georges Cziffra's volatile stereo versions of the Hungarian Rhapsodies (he plays the first 15, followed by his own transcriptions of numbers 16 and 19), tepid readings of the Polonaises and Valse-Impromptu, and a truly hell-for-leather Grand Galop Chromatique.

The 12 Transcendental Etudes pose no problems for Vladimir Ovchinikov's virile, big-boned
Read more technique, while Mikhail Rudy turns in solid, regulation-model traversals of the two Concert Studies and Four Valses oubliées. From André Watts' EMI Liszt holdings come the six Paganini Etudes and three late pieces. A pity that Watts' excellent B minor Piano Sonata was passed over in favor of John Ogdon's alternately inspired and disengaged recording. However, the characterful force of Ogdon's Fifteenth Rhapsody and Valse oubliée No. 1 justifies their inclusion alongside the aforementioned Cziffra and Rudy versions.

I can't pretend to love Jeanne-Marie Darré's dry and notey La leggiereza and Un sospiro, while Leif Ove Andsnes' Mephisto Waltz No. 1 and Stephen Hough's Rhapsodie espagnole boast impressive poise and finish, yet remain slightly reserved and studio-bound. Strange that this so-called "piano collection" concludes with organ music, yet given Lionel Rogg's forward sweep and virtuosic panache in the "Ad nos" and B-A-C-H fugues, I shouldn't complain.

Edward Morton Jack's booklet notes provide an excellent and informative time-line tracing Liszt's life and creative output. While superior individual recordings can be had of most of the works here, EMI's Liszt Piano Collection still offers good value and overall enjoyment for not much money.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

As the stereo era dawned, Aldo Ciccolini was one of the heavy hitters in bringing Liszt to discs, both in the sense of giving magnificent voice to large portions of his most surefire work—(e.g., all three years of the Années in 1962) at a time when the Liszt discography seemed to have run aground on the same couple dozen pieces—but also in his chiaroscuro pianism, going for the gusto without lingering for nuance or subtlety in favor of a grandly Italianate singing line cresting viscerally compelling élan... Here is Liszt at his most immediately appealing... it was Ciccolini, among others, who demonstrated what Liszt was about, spurring my youthful enthusiasm. A generation on his legacy still gives pleasure.

-- Adrian Corleonis, FANFARE
reviewing Années de pèlerinage, also available as EMI 62640


These recordings date from 1957-9 and were made at a time when Cziffra's star shone with a unique, unsurpassed brilliance. Here is all his death defying bravura: the dizzying changes of pace and direction, the hair-raising crescendos within the bar (almost as if a grenade had been tossed into the piano), the steam-drill left-hand accentuation, and the sky-rocketing flights that leave a trail of sparks in their wake. Rarely has one idiosyncrasy been more perfectly matched with another. The Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies and Cziffra were surely made for each other. Above all, these are so much more, despite their often outrageous extravagance, than the readings of a 'gipsy' pianist... Cziffra is, quite simply, unique in this repertoire.

-- Gramophone [11/1994]
reviewing the Hungarian Rhapsodies, also available as EMI 31789


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
reviewing the Stephen Hough performances, also available as Virgin 61129
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Works on This Recording

1. Années de pčlerinage, premičre année, S 160 "Suisse" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Weimar, Germany 
2. Années de pčlerinage, deuxičme année, S 161 "Italie" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
3. Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S 173 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
4. Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
5. Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
6. Ballade for Piano no 1 in D flat major, S 170 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1848; Weimar, Germany 
7. Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Weimar, Germany 
8. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
9. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 9 in E flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
10. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 8 in F sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
11. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 7 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
12. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 6 in D flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
13. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 5 in E minor "Héroide élégiaque" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
14. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 4 in E flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
15. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 3 in B flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
16. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 2 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Hungary 
17. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 19 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Budapest, Hungary 
18. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 16 in A major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Budapest, Hungary 
19. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 15 in a "Rákóczy March" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1886 
20. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 14 in F minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
21. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 13 in A minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
22. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 12 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
23. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 11 in A minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Weimar, Germany 
24. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 10 in E major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Paris, France 
25. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 1, Lento quasi recitativo in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
26. Polonaises (2) for Piano, S 223 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
27. Valse impromptu for Piano, S 213 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
28. Grand galop chromatique for Piano, S 219 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
29. Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
30. Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1862-63; Rome, Italy 
31. Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Rome, Italy 
32. Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
33. Nuages gris for Piano, S 199 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
34. Nocturne for Piano, S 203 "Schlaflos, Frage und Antwort" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Rome, Italy 
35. Bagatelle ohne tonart for Piano, S 216a "Mephisto Waltz no 5" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Rome, Italy 
36. Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 4 "Valse Impromptu" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Rome, Italy 
37. Mephisto Waltz no 4 for Piano, S 216b by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
38. Mephisto Waltz no 2 for Piano, S 515 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Weimar, Germany 
39. Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
40. Prelude "Weinen, Klagen..." (JS Bach) for Piano, S 179 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mathieu Papadiamandis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
41. Weihnachtsbaum for Piano, S 186: no 3, Die Hirten an der Krippe by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Wayne Marshall (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1876; Rome, Italy 
42. Weihnachtsbaum for Piano, S 186: no 4, Adeste fideles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Wayne Marshall (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Rome, Italy 
43. Wiegenlied for Piano in E minor S 198 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dezsö Ránki (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
44. Unstern: sinistre, disastro for Piano, S 208 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dezsö Ránki (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: after 1880; Rome, Italy 
45. Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dezsö Ránki (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
46. Sancta Dorothea for Piano, S 187 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dezsö Ránki (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Rome, Italy 
47. Nocturne for Piano, S 207 "En ręve" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dezsö Ránki (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Rome, Italy 
48. Mephisto Polka for Piano, S 217 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dezsö Ránki (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Rome, Italy 
49. Klavierstück in F sharp major, S 193 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dezsö Ránki (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Weimar, Germany 
50. In festo transfigurationis Domini nostri Jesu Christi, S 188 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dezsö Ránki (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Rome, Italy 
51. Impromptu for Piano in F sharp major, S 191 "Nocturne" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dezsö Ránki (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Rome, Italy 
52. Csárdás (2) for Piano, S 225 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dezsö Ránki (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1886; Rome, Italy 
53. Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144: no 1 in A flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  José Abel Gonzalez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; Weimar, Germany 
54. Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144: no 2 in F minor, La leggierezza by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeanne-Marie Darré (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; Weimar, Germany 
55. Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144: no 3 in D flat Major, Un sospiro by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeanne-Marie Darré (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; Weimar, Germany 
56. Rhapsodie espagnole for Piano, S 254 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1863; Rome, Italy 
57. Ave Maria for Piano, S 182 "Die Glocken von Rom" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Rome, Italy 
58. Recueillement for Piano, S 204 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880s; Rome, Italy 
59. La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (1st version) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Rome, Italy 
60. La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (2nd version) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Rome, Italy 
61. Fantasy and Fugue for Organ, S 259 "Ad nos, ad salutarem" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Weimar, Germany 
62. Prelude and Fugue for Organ on B-A-C-H, S 260 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855/1870; Weimar, Germany 
63. Ave Maria (Arcadelt), S 659 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Rome, Italy 

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