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Liszt: Tone Poems, A Faust Symphony / Kurt Masur


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics Double Fforte Catalog #: 68595   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Karl SuskeKlaus KönigWalter Heinz Bernstein
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus OrchestraLeipzig Radio Chorus Male Voices
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Faust symphony goes with real gusto, especially the finale, with a choral finale that sounds unusually convincing. In all the tone poems, Masur and the Leipzig players balance care and attention with high drama, and a sense of eager discovery. They judge to perfection those moments of consciously Romantic, self-absorbed reverie that feature in nearly all these pieces."

-- Fanfare [3/2004] reviewing EMI 85573

"Masur's survey of Liszt's symphonic poems is the finest we have had so far. The performances have a dramatic vitality that eludes Haitink, and the Leipzig orchestra's playing is even finer than that of the LPO on Philips."

-- Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition] Read more /> Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Héroďde funébre, S 102 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850/1854; Weimar, Germany 
2. Hungaria, S 103 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Karl Suske (Violin)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Weimar, Germany 
3. Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110: no 1, Der nächtliche Zug by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857–1861 
4. Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110: no 2, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Weimar, Germany 
5. Prometheus, S 99 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850/1855; Weimar, Germany 
6. Hamlet, S 104 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Weimar, Germany 
7. Faust Symphony, S 108 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Klaus König (Tenor), Walter Heinz Bernstein (Organ)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus Male Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1857; Weimar, Germany 

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