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Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies / Fagen, Staatskapelle Weimar


Release Date: 10/30/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570230   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Arthur Fagen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Weimar
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Arthur Fagen was responsible for Naxos' excellent cycle of Martinu symphonies, so it's no surprise that he leads Liszt's own orchestra (more or less) in lively and enjoyable performances of the six Hungarian Rhapsodies that were arranged for orchestra by Franz Doppler working under the composer's supervision. Indeed, given the way that subsequent generations of arrangers have monkeyed with this music, it's very nice to have the orchestrations that Liszt himself approved. Fagen treats the music seriously. The funeral march that opens No. 1, and the darker episodes in No. 4, have real gravitas, while he lets his hair down quite effectively in the ebullient Nos. 2 and 6. With fine orchestral playing and bright, slightly bass-shy sonics, this Read more release earns a solid recommendation in a series of works that appear less frequently together on a single disc than their erstwhile popularity might suggest.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 1 in F minor by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Arthur Fagen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Weimar
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 05/2006 
Venue:  Weimarhalle, Weimar, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2. Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 2 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Arthur Fagen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Weimar
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 05/2006 
Venue:  Weimarhalle, Weimar, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3. Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 3 in D major by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Arthur Fagen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Weimar
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 05/2006 
Venue:  Weimarhalle, Weimar, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4. Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 4 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Arthur Fagen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Weimar
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 05/2006 
Venue:  Weimarhalle, Weimar, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5. Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 5 in E minor by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Arthur Fagen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Weimar
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 05/2006 
Venue:  Weimarhalle, Weimar, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6. Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 6 in D major by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Arthur Fagen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Weimar
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 05/2006 
Venue:  Weimarhalle, Weimar, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 50 Secs. 

Sound Samples

6 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S359/R441: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 in F minor
6 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S359/R441: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in D minor
6 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S359/R441: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3 in D major
6 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S359/R441: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 4 in D minor
6 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S359/R441: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5 in E minor
6 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S359/R441: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D major

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