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The Liszt Project / Pierre-Laurent Aimard


Release Date: 10/04/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001594402    Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz LisztRichard WagnerAlban BergAlexander Scriabin,   ... 
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pierre-Laurent Aimard honors Franz Liszt's 200th birthday (October 22, 1811) with his most ambitious recording for Deutsche Grammophon to date.

In this extensive 2-CD set, Aimard juxtaposes a selection of Liszt's works with compositions by Liszt's contemporaries and successors who were inspired by the Hungarian composer. Works by Olivier Messiaen and Marco Stroppa attest to the vitality of Liszt's imagination to the present day.

Liszt's seminal B minor Sonata is contrasted with other one-movement sonatas by Berg, Wagner and Scriabin (his startling Black Mass). Shorter pieces by Liszt point to their correspondence with works by Bartók and Ravel.

Recorded live in Vienna's Konzerthaus over
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In the opinion of The Sunday Times, "Aimard's virtuosity is surely unrivalled".
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Works on This Recording

1.
La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (1st version) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Rome, Italy 
2.
Sonata for Piano in A flat major "Für das Album von Frau MW" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
3.
Nuages gris for Piano, S 199 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
4.
Sonata for Piano, Op. 1 by Alban Berg
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1907-08; Austria 
5.
Unstern: sinistre, disastro for Piano, S 208 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: after 1880; Rome, Italy 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; Russia 
7.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
8.
Années de pčlerinage no 3, S 163: no 2, Aux cyprčs de la Villa d'Este I by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy 
9.
Dirges (4) for Piano, Op. 9a/Sz 45: no 4, Assai andante by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; Budapest, Hungary  
10.
Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175: no 1, St Francis of Assisi preaching by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
11.
Années de pčlerinage no 3, S 163: no 4, Les jeux d'eaux ŕ la Villa d'Este by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy 
12.
Tangatu manu by Marco Stroppa
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
13.
Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
14.
Catalogue d'oiseaux: no 4, Le traquet stapazin by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1958; France 
15.
Album d'un voyageur, S 156: Book 1 - no 4, Vallée d'Obermann by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Geneva, Switzerland 

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