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Liszt: Symphonic Poems / Masur, Leipzig Gewandhaus


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 68598   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Volker Arndt
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig St Thomas Church ChoirLeipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Length:  2 Hours 23 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An indispensable set of unrivalled performances, powerfully drawn, yet mercifully free of bombast.

At last, here’s a reissue of Kurt Masur’s matchless account of Liszt’s rarely encountered Dante Symphony, companion to his acknowledged masterpiece A Faust Symphony, and a clutch of tone poems, similarly under-represented on disc. Ce qu’on entend sur la montagne (earliest of Liszt’s orchestral tone poems), based on a text by Victor Hugo, is a fearfully pictorial creation, unsparingly evinced by Masur. Festklänge and Hunnenschlacht are more familiar, while Die Ideale and Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe (the only work here not dating from Liszt’s Weimar period, 1848-61) invoke philosophical rather than geographical or
Read more historical themes. These performances are unrivalled; powerfully drawn, yet mercifully free of bombast, though it is Masur’s 1980 Dante Symphony, simply the best ever recorded, which makes this set indispensable.

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Dante Symphony, S 109 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Volker Arndt (Treble/boy soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig St Thomas Church Choir,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1856; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Venue:  Paul Gerhardt-Kirche 
2.
Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne, S 95 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1854; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Paul Gerhardt-Kirche 
3.
Festklänge, S 101 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Paul Gerhardt-Kirche 
4.
Die Hunnenschlacht, S 105 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Paul Gerhardt-Kirche 
5.
Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, S 107 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Paul Gerhardt-Kirche 
6.
Die Ideale, S 106 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Weimar, Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Great Works October 18, 2014 By E. Sampson See All My Reviews "Not all of Liszt's works are gems from start to finish, as these recordings demonstrate. But every piece penned by the master always contained numerous novelties and irresistible progressions that vaporize any doubts that Liszt was the ultimate master and light years ahead of his peers. However, the Dante Symphony is a (complete) masterwork, as are Battle of the Huns, Cradle to the Grave and Berg Symphony. The remaining pieces, as noted, would have been fabulous with some minor editing, but will draw you back for repeated listenings, nonetheless." Report Abuse
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