Liszt: The Great Piano Works

Release Date: 9/22/2017
Catalog Number: BRI95564
Composer: Franz Liszt
Conductor: Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 15

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$59.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Franz Liszt is universally celebrated as one of the greatest-ever virtuoso performers on the modern piano. Contemporary accounts describe his seemingly superhuman technical abilities and equally striking charisma and stage presence. Yet Liszt was a formidable composer, and his expansion of pianistic possibilities was achieved as much through innovation in his own great piano works as through his astonishing performance on the instrument, if not more. Like many child virtuosos thrust early into busy concert careers (Liszt’s began at the age of nine) he retired early, weary of the spotlight, turning his back on the stage at the remarkably early age of 35. Since he lived to the likewise remarkable old age of 75, much more than the latter half of his life was devoted solely to composition, and having been a pianist of his calibre, the works he created for his own instrument were indeed groundbreaking.

Showcasing the demanding pieces in this set – from the thundering of Liszt’s virtuoso side to the mysticism of his deeply spiritual side – are 15 renowned pianists on recordings dating from 1994–2016. Liszt’s piano works may be divided into several diverse categories. These include the virtuoso showpieces based on themes from operas (Isoldens Liebestod Alexander Gavrylyuk, Wagner Transcriptions Francois Dumont, Bellini and Donizetti Transcriptions Mark Viner, Verdi and Beethoven Transcriptions Michele Campanella); religious-inspired or devotional works (Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude and 2 Legendes Irene Russo) the spare, enigmatic pieces from his last years (Trube Wolken, En reve, Bagatelle sans tonalite Philipp Kopachevsky and La lugubre gondola Misha Dacic); a ground-breaking sonata regarded as an iconic work of the repertoire (Sonata in B minor Philipp Kopachevsky); and numerous piano transcriptions of other composers’ non-operatic works (Grandes etudes de Paganini Goran Filipec, Beethoven Symphony No.6 in F Op.68 ‘Pastorale’ Michele Campanella).

The set concludes with a grand gesture, as Nelson Freire is joined by the Dresdner Philharmonie under Michel Plasson for Liszt’s two well-loved piano concertos.
Works on This Recording
1. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1886 ;
2. Années de pèlerinage, première année, S 160 "Suisse" by Franz Liszt
Performer: Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: Romantic
3. Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie" by Franz Liszt
Performer: Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837-1849 ; Weimar, Germany
4. Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Philipp Kopachevsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1852-1853 ; Weimar, Germany
5. Soirées de Vienne (9) after Schubert, S 427: no 6 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Philipp Kopachevsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1852 ; Weimar, Germany
6. Nocturne for Piano, S 207 "En rêve" by Franz Liszt
Performer: Philipp Kopachevsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885 ; Rome, Italy
7. Mephisto Waltz no 3 for Piano, S 216 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Philipp Kopachevsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883 ; Rome, Italy
8. Bagatelle ohne tonart for Piano, S 216a "Mephisto Waltz no 5" by Franz Liszt
Performer: Philipp Kopachevsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885 ; Rome, Italy
9. Nuages gris for Piano, S 199 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Philipp Kopachevsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881 ; Rome, Italy
10. Etudes d'execution transcendante, S. 139 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Mariangela Vacatello (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Hungary
11. Grandes Etudes (6) de Paganini, S 141 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Goran Filipec (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Weimar, Germany
12. Polonaises (2) for Piano, S 223 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Jean Dubé (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Weimar, Germany
13. Ballade for Piano no 1 in D flat major, S 170 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Jean Dubé (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845-1848 ; Weimar, Germany
14. Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Jean Dubé (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Weimar, Germany
15. Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 3 in D flat major, Lento placido by Franz Liszt
Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849-1850 ; Weimar, Germany
16. Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859-1860 ; Weimar, Germany
17. Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Weimar, Germany
18. Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns), S 555 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Rome, Italy
19. Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 162 "Italie" supplement: No. 3, Tarantella by Franz Liszt
Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
20. Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1862-63 ; Rome, Italy
21. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer: Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1850 ; Weimar, Germany
22. Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163: no 4, Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este by Franz Liszt
Performer: Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867-1877 ; Rome, Italy
23. Fantasia and Fugue for Piano on B-A-C-H, S 529 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Misha Dacic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Weimar, Germany
24. Années de pèlerinage, première année, S 160 "Suisse": no 9, Les cloches de Genève by Franz Liszt
Performer: Misha Dacic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
25. Grosses Konzertsolo, S 176 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Misha Dacic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1849 ; Weimar, Germany
26. Glanes de Woronince for Piano, S 249: no 1, Dumka by Franz Liszt
Performer: Misha Dacic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847-1848 ;
27. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 9 in E flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer: Misha Dacic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1885 ; Weimar, Germany
28. La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (1st version) by Franz Liszt
Performer: Misha Dacic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; Rome, Italy
29. Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 3, Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude by Franz Liszt
Performer: Irene Russo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845-1852 ; Weimar, Germany
30. Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Irene Russo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1863 ; Rome, Italy
31. Valse impromptu for Piano, S 213 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Vanessa Benelli Mosell (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1850 ; Weimar, Germany
32. Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144: no 2 in F minor, La leggierezza by Franz Liszt
Performer: Vanessa Benelli Mosell (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1848 ; Weimar, Germany
33. Grand galop chromatique for Piano, S 219 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Vanessa Benelli Mosell (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Switzerland
34. Rhapsodie espagnole for Piano, S 254 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Vanessa Benelli Mosell (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1863 ; Rome, Italy
35. Abendstern Aria from Wagner's "Tannhäuser", S 444 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Weimar, Germany
36. Senta's Ballad from Wagner's "Der Fliegende Holländer", S 441 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1872 ; Weimar, Germany
37. Elsa's Dream and Lohengrin's Rebuke from Wagner's "Lohengrin", S 446 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854 ; Weimar, Germany
38. Overture to Wagner's "Tannhäuser", S 442 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1848 ; Weimar, Germany
39. March to the Grail from Wagner's "Parsifal", S 450 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; Weimar, Germany
40. Walhall (Paraphrase on themes from Wagner's "Ring"), S 449 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1876 ; Weimar, Germany
41. Bridal Procession from Wagner's "Lohengrin", S 445 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1852 ; Weimar, Germany
42. Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Weimar, Germany
43. March funèbre de "Dom Sébastien" [Donizetti] for Piano, S 402 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Mark Viner (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ;
44. Réminiscences de Lucrezia Borgia, S 400/R 154: no 2, Fantasia by Franz Liszt
Performer: Mark Viner (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Weimar, Germany
45. Réminiscences de Lucrezia Borgia, S 400/R 154: no 1, Act 2 Trio by Franz Liszt
Performer: Mark Viner (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Weimar, Germany
46. Réminiscences de Norma (Bellini), S 394 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Mark Viner (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841 ; Paris, France
47. Hexameron, S 392 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Mark Viner (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837 ; Paris, France
48. Paraphrase de concert on Verdi's "Ernani", S 432 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849/1859 ;
49. Salve Maria de Jérusalem from Verdi's "I Lombardi", S 431 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1848 ; Weimar, Germany
50. Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Weimar, Germany
51. Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Weimar, Germany
52. Coro e marcia funebre from Verdi's "Don Carlos", S 435 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867-1868 ; Rome, Italy
53. Agnus Dei de la Messe de Requiem (Verdi), S 437 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ;
54. Reminiscences on Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra", S 438 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857/1881 ; Rome, Italy
55. Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; Rome, Italy
56. Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 6 in F major by Franz Liszt
Performer: Michele Campanella (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837 ;
57. 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
58. 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
59. 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
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