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Liszt: Symphony On Dante's Divine Comedy; Wagner, Scriabin / Ahronovitch

Liszt / Wagner / Scriabin / Ahronovich
Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 10067   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz LisztRichard WagnerAlexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hr Symphony OrchestraFrankfurt Museum Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To get a sense of the ambition of the Romantic movement, one need only hear Franz Liszt's A Symphony to Dante's Divine Comedy, which represents one high point of exploration that had wide influence, and Alexander Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy, which is characteristic of the period's final efflorescence. These are the major works of this album by Yuri Ahronovitch and the Orchestra of the Alte Oper Frankfurt, with Richard Wagner's Rienzi Overture serving almost as a light interlude between them. While this operatic piece is certainly an important indication of the groundbreaking directions Wagner would take in his later music dramas, it is still a comparatively modest musical example, particularly when compared to the weighty works on either Read more side of it, which leave a clearer impression of Romantic innovations. In terms of orchestration, form, and harmonic advances, the Dante Symphony and Poem of Ecstasy both seem to burn with originality and still have the capacity to surprise modern listeners, where Wagner's overture has sections that hearken back to early 19th century Italian opera and seems at time predictably bombastic. The live performances date from 1983, so the sound quality is not outstanding, and the sound of the orchestra is a little shallow in dimensions. All the same, this CD will be a keeper for Ahronovitch fans, and an interesting offering for beginners exploring Romantic music.

-- All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Dante Symphony, S 109 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hr Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1856; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Alte Oper Frankfurt 
Length: 39 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Rienzi: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
Venue:  Alte Oper Frankfurt 
Length: 10 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 4, Op. 54 "Poem of ecstasy" by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Museum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1908; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/09/1989 
Venue:  Alte Oper Frankfurt 
Length: 20 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Eine Symphonie zu Dantes Divina Commedia, S109/R426, "Dante Symphony": I. Inferno
Eine Symphonie zu Dantes Divina Commedia, S109/R426, "Dante Symphony": II. Purgatorio - Magnificat
Rienzi: Overture
La Poeme de l'extase (The Poem of Ecstasy), Op. 54, "Symphony No. 4"

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