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Liszt: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2, Totentanz / Nelson Freire


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93846   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Nelson Freire
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



LISZT Piano Concertos: No. 1 in E?; No. 2 in A. Totentanz Nelson Freire (pn); Michel Plasson, cond; Dresden P BRILLIANT 93846 (52:47)


Rehearing these performances a dozen years on, my initial reaction (see Fanfare 19:4) stands: “With Plasson hand-in-glove, Freire takes everything with an ease which skims airily, mercurially through Liszt’s fantasy—a performance not unlike many other fine, and some great, ones in its heroic Read more dash set off by lambent lyricism, but distinguished by consistent effervescence. Even the Second Concerto’s march-like allegro decisio episode is, without holding back, managed with such finesse that it seems of a piece with what has gone before rather the usual vulgar eruption.” Amid the ongoing plethora of the Big Three—the concertos and Totentanz —in recorded performances, this 1994 tilt is a standout, a refreshment. Sound is concert hall (actually, the Lukaskirche, Dresden) panoramic, but still packing plenty of punch: spacious, yet detailed. Recommended.


FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1859; Weimar, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Hearing is believing June 11, 2012 By Panayotis Pizanis (East Lansing, MI) See All My Reviews "This is a stunning performance of the Liszt piano concerti, and as if that was not enough we get a Totentanz bonus, which alone would be worth the price of this CD. Pianist and orchestra are so beautifully fused together, that they hit all the right nerves, making the genius of Liszt emerge all the more astounding. This is definitely a must 'desert island' companion for any serious music library." Report Abuse
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