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Liszt/Wagner: Piano Transcriptions / Daniel Barenboim


Release Date: 10/15/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 415957   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Playing of exceptional refinement regarding dramatic impact and the varying of textures.

Barenboim's CD release presents some of the best piano sound I have heard, and also playing of exceptional refinement regarding dramatic impact and the varying of textures. The disc opens with the 1852 transcription of the Entry of the Guests on the Wartburg from Tannhauser in a rip-roaring performance that conveys orchestrally massive effects with ideal panache. Barenboim's advocacy makes a complete nonsense of Sacheverell Sitwell's disparaging remarks about these transcriptions. DG have managed to cope well with fortissimo episodes; they never pound. But then Barenboim throughout the disc reveals an extraordinary mastery over the
Read more dynamic range. The Spinning Chorus transcription might strike some as a little mannered, but the dizzy humour of his performance is so individual as to win me over for one.

-- James Methuen-Campbell, Gramophone [3/1986]
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Works on This Recording

1. Entrance of the Guests from Wagner's "Tannhäuser", S 445 no 1 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Weimar, Germany 
2. Spinning Chorus from Wagner's "Fliegende Holländer", S 440 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Weimar, Germany 
3. Senta's Ballad from Wagner's "Der Fliegende Holländer", S 441 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Weimar, Germany 
4. Elsa's Dream and Lohengrin's Rebuke from Wagner's "Lohengrin", S 446 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Weimar, Germany 
5. Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Weimar, Germany 
6. Fantasy on themes from Wagner's "Rienzi", S 439 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 

Featured Sound Samples

Entrance of the Guests from Wagner's Tannhäuser
Fantasy on Themes from Wagner's Rienzi

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