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Liszt: Dante Symphonie; Busoni / Sinopoli

Release Date: 06/05/2009 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 457614   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz LisztFerruccio Busoni
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Does anyone like the Dante Symphony, I mean, all of it? Here’s a performance that may make you a fan. The problem usually concerns the final Purgatorio and Magnificat, which comes as a huge anticlimax after the harrowing opening Inferno. Certainly Sinopoli takes no prisoners: this is the most violent and exciting account of the first movement yet recorded (and the sonics are stunning). Yet remarkably, at a very slow tempo Sinopoli draws so much color and atmosphere from the work’s second half that it’s positively mesmerizing. Okay, those unwilling to be converted might still be bored, but then just about any other version will do that. This performance, by the way, is included in DG’s big Liszt
Read more Edition; but on the assumption that you don’t want dozens of CDs, you might want to try to find this performance used. It’s worth searching out.

-- David Hurwitz, [8/2011]
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Works on This Recording

Dante Symphony, S 109 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1856; Weimar, Germany 
Studies (2) on Doktor Faust, Op. 51/K 282 by Ferruccio Busoni
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Berlin, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Dante: at last! May 17, 2012 By Donald J O'Connor (Kreamer, PA) See All My Reviews "This performance simply blows the rest off the deck. The Inferno has never sounded more demoniac nor the Purgatorio more impressive. In the peroration of the latter, it sounds as if the Dresden band has about 18 bass fiddles. You also appreciate why the symphony had such a hard time making headway: the first movement must be the most violent written in the 19th century and in a bad performance, easy to misconstrue. All the more do I miss Sinopoli; he was just digging deepest into some of my favorite "big machines" Don O'Connor" Report Abuse
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