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Visions: Chamber Music By Franz Liszt

Liszt / Turban / Yang / Turban / Rohde / Kuen
Release Date: 01/31/2012 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 415   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Ingolf TurbanLukas Maria KuenWen-Sinn YangMartin-Albrecht Rohde,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

LISZT Duo Sonata 1,5. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9. 1,4,5 Elegies Nos. 1 and 2 4,5. Soirée de Vienne No. 6 1,5. Années de pèlerinage, Book 3: Angelus. 1,2,3,4 La lugubre gondola II. 4,5 Read more class="ARIAL12bi"> RW—Venezia. 5 Am Grabe Richard Wagners 1,2,3,4 1 Ingolf Turban, 2 Barbara Turban (vn); 3 Martin-Albrecht Rohde (va); 4 Wen-Sinn Yang (vc); 5 Lukas Maria Kuen (pn) OEHMS OC 415 (74:53)

The Liszt bicentennial has brought the expected flurry of recording activity—expected both in its quantity and (unfortunately) in its tendency to round up the usual suspects. Lots of attention to such standbys as the concertos and the sonata—but where are the revelatory new recordings of the Missa Solennis or the orchestral Legends or the less-established opera fantasies or the Psalms? Fortunately, there have been a few exceptions to the cult of familiarity. The underappreciated songs have been getting some welcome attention, and so has the even less well-known chamber music (most of which consists of recastings of works first composed for solo piano). This new CD, for instance, is one of a number of recent chamber-music releases with overlapping repertoire. And while Ingolf Turban and friends might not offer the illumination of the recent half-disc by the ever-inventive Wanderer Trio (Harmonia Mundi HMC 902060), they do offer rewards of their own.

Granted, there’s a certain bullishness to the performances. The trio version of the Hungarian Rhapsody , for all its artful inflections, sounds sober and sporadically deliberate in the brawny reading here; the elegant elegies are a bit swoony and overdone in the hands of Wen-Sinn Yang; the Soirée , although played with plenty of spirit, is too firmly wedded to café-performance traditions in its extremity of rubato and portamento; there’s not enough dynamic nuance in Angelus . Still, Ingolf Turban has plenty of energy in the more Paganini-inspired daredevilry of the biggest piece on the recital, the early Duo Sonata (less a sonata than a set of variations on Chopin’s Mazurka, op. 6/2); Yang turns in an impassioned (if slightly overwrought) reading of La lugubre gondola . Lukas Maria Kuen, sometimes too staid as an accompanist elsewhere, comes into his own with an eloquent reading of RW—Venezia , and Am Grabe Richard Wagners , played without its optional harp part, makes a poignant closing to the disc. The sound is neither here nor there. For the adventurous.

FANFARE: Peter J. Rabinowitz
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Works on This Recording

Duo for Violin and Piano, S 127 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Ingolf Turban (Violin), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1832-1835; France 
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 9 in E flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano), Ingolf Turban (Violin), Wen-Sinn Yang (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Elegy for Piano no 1, S 196 "Puszta" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Wen-Sinn Yang (Cello), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Rome, Italy 
Elegy no 2 for Violin/Cello and Piano, S 131 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Wen-Sinn Yang (Cello), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878 
Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163: no 1, Angelus! by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Martin-Albrecht Rohde (Viola), Ingolf Turban (Violin), Barbara Turban (Violin),
Wen-Sinn Yang (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy 
La lugubre gondola, S 134 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Wen-Sinn Yang (Cello), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Venice, Italy 
R. W. - Venezia, S 201 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Rome, Italy 
Am Grabe Richard Wagners for String Quartet and Harp, S 135 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Wen-Sinn Yang (Cello), Barbara Turban (Violin), Ingolf Turban (Violin),
Martin-Albrecht Rohde (Viola), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Weimar, Germany 
Soirées de Vienne (9) after Schubert, S 427: no 6 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Ingolf Turban (Violin), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Weimar, Germany 

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