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Liszt: The Complete Wagner & Verdi Transcriptions / Michele Campanella


Release Date: 03/26/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94610  
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

‘Incredible One’ is only one of dozens of adulatory salutations to be found in Liszt’s letters to Wagner, and Liszt’s devotion to Wagner and his music caused him to devote his purse and his art to Wagner’s cause. The Wagner transcriptions are the largest group of Liszt’s piano works on operatic themes. Most of them are straightforward transcriptions, but it is the very essence of Liszt’s homage that we see in the introductions and codas, where he is able to offer a most personal reflection.

The 'transcriptions' and then 'reminiscences' of Verdi's music are (by and large) much more free both with their originals and with his own reputation, dating as they do from a maturity when he no longer felt the need to gratify any
Read more expectations of virtuoso brilliance. This is certainly the case of the Danza sacra e Duetto finale from Aida, which Michele Campenella considers ‘even more remarkable than the original’.

It's not easy to come by this music except either in vast inte?grales or as part of more mixed recitals, which makes Campanella's collection all the more welcome. He is a player of vast experience in this music, whose recordings of the composer in time for his anniversary in 2011 were critically acclaimed, including the distinct rarity of a recital on Liszt's own Bechstein (94148): ‘Campanella generally opts for spacious tempos, giving the music room to speak, and excels in capturing its sequence of moods and sounds.’ BBC Music Magazine

OTHER INFORMATION:
* Recordings made between 2000 and 2012.
* Extensive liner notes and biography in English and Italian.
* Features performances on an 1892 Steinway & Sons piano. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Ernani," S 431a by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Paris, France 
2.
Salve Maria de Jérusalem from Verdi's "I Lombardi", S 431 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
5.
Coro e marcia funebre from Verdi's "Don Carlos", S 435 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1868; Rome, Italy 
6.
Agnus Dei de la Messe de Requiem (Verdi), S 437 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877 
7.
Reminiscences on Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra", S 438 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857/1881; Rome, Italy 
8.
Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Rome, Italy 
9.
Fantasy on themes from Wagner's "Rienzi", S 439 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
10.
Senta's Ballad from Wagner's "Der Fliegende Holländer", S 441 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Weimar, Germany 
11.
Spinning Chorus from Wagner's "Fliegende Holländer", S 440 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Weimar, Germany 
12.
Abendstern Aria from Wagner's "Tannhäuser", S 444 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Weimar, Germany 
13.
Entrance of the Guests from Wagner's "Tannhäuser", S 445 no 1 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Weimar, Germany 
14.
Overture to Wagner's "Tannhäuser", S 442 by Franz Liszt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Weimar, Germany 
15.
Bridal Procession from Wagner's "Lohengrin", S 445 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Weimar, Germany 
16.
Elsa's Dream and Lohengrin's Rebuke from Wagner's "Lohengrin", S 446 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Weimar, Germany 
17.
Festival and Bridal Song from Wagner's "Lohengrin", S 446 no 1 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Weimar, Germany 
18.
Walhall (Paraphrase on themes from Wagner's "Ring"), S 449 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1876; Weimar, Germany 
19.
Aus der Musik zu Hebbels Nibelungen und Goethes Faust [after Lassen], S 496 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Weimar, Germany 
20.
Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Weimar, Germany 
21.
Am stillen Herd, from Wagner's "Die Meistersinger", S 448 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Weimar, Germany 
22.
March to the Grail from Wagner's "Parsifal", S 450 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Weimar, Germany 

Sound Samples

Verdi - Ernani: Concert paraphrase on an operatic theme, S431a/R293
Verdi - I Lombardi: Salve Maria de Jerusalem, S431/R264
Verdi - Miserere du Trovatore, S433/R266
Verdi - Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert, S434/R267
Verdi - Don Carlos: Coro di festa e marcia funebre, S435/R268
Verdi - Agnus Dei de la Messe de Requiem, S437/R270
Verdi - Reminiscences de Boccanegra, S438/R271
Verdi - Aida: Danza sacra e duetto final, S436/R269
Wagner - Phantasiestuck uber Motive aus Rienzi Santo Spirito cavaliere, S439/R272
Wagner - Ballade aus dem fliegenden Hollander, S441/R274
Wagner - Spinnerlied aus dem Fliegenden Hollander, S440/R273
Wagner - O du mein holder Abendstern, Rezitativ und Romanze aus der Oper Tannhauser, S444/R277
Wagner - 2 Stucke aus Tannhauser und Lohengrin, S445/R278: No. 1. Einzug der Gaste auf Wartburg
Wagner - Tannhauser: Overture, S442/R275

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