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Liszt: Complete Piano Music, Vol 27 / William Wolfram


Release Date: 11/20/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570137   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  William Wolfram
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Liszt's Donizetti transcriptions tell as much about their transcriber's singular bravura as they do about the prolific Italian opera composer's unstoppable melodic invention. The ideal interpreter should be able to make light of the enormous technical challenges without forgetting to let the tunes take shape in the manner of a great opera singer. Fortunately William Wolfram commands the right stuff to bring these chestnuts to life. He may not always match Leslie Howard's pearly nuances in slower, quieter passages, yet Wolfram brings much more drive and scintillation to the huge Lucrezia Borgia paraphrase's notey climaxes. He also finds varied colorations that prevent textural stagnation in the Dom Sebastian funeral march's frequent Read more bass-register rumbles. The Valse de concert consistently demonstrates Wolfram's unflappable workmanship and sheer professionalism. While he negotiates the Lucia di Lammermoor sextet's thickets without a hitch, I can't erase Jorge Bolet's aristocratic cantabile from my inner ear, or from my hard drive for that matter! No doubt that Liszt mavens will want to know about this fine, often outstanding release.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Waltz on Themes from "Lucia" and "Parisina", S 401 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
2.
Réminiscences de Lucrezia Borgia, S 400/R 154: no 1, Act 2 Trio by Franz Liszt
Performer:  William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Réminiscences de Lucrezia Borgia, S 400/R 154: no 2, Fantasia by Franz Liszt
Performer:  William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Réminiscences de Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti), S 397 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835-1836; Geneva, Switzerland 
5.
March and Cavatine from "Lucia di Lammermoor", S 398 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835-1836; Geneva, Switzerland 
6.
Spirto gentil from Donizetti's "La Favorite" for Piano, S 400a by Franz Liszt
Performer:  William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
7.
March funčbre de "Dom Sébastien" [Donizetti] for Piano, S 402 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844 

Sound Samples

Donizetti - Valse a capriccio sur 2 motifs de Lucia et Parisina, S214/3/R155
Reminiscences of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia, S400/R154 (2nd version: Grande fantaisie): I. Trio from Act II
Reminiscences of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia, S400/R154 (2nd version: Grande fantaisie): II. Chanson a Boire - (Orgie) Duo - Finale
Donizetti - Reminiscences de Lucia di Lammermoor, S397/R151: Reminiscences of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, S397/R151
Donizetti - Marche funebre et Cavatine de Lucie de Lammermoor, S398/R152: Marche funebre and Cavatine from Donizetti's Lucia de Lammermoor, S398/R152
Spirto gentil from Donizetti's La Favorite, S400a
Marche funebre from Donizetti's Dom Sebastien, S402/R156

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