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Liszt: The Great Piano Works (15 CDS)

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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.

Liszt:
Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244 Nos. 1-19
Vincenzo Maltempo (piano)
Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160
Enrico Pace (piano)
Années de pèlerinage, 2ème année, Italie (7 pieces), S. 161
Enrico Pace (piano)
Soirées de Vienne: valse-caprice No. 6 (after Schubert), D427 No. 6
Philipp Kopachevsky (piano)
En rêve - Nocturne S207
Philipp Kopachevsky (piano)
Mephisto Waltz No. 3
Philipp Kopachevsky (piano)
Bagatelle sans tonalite, S216a c1885
Philipp Kopachevsky (piano)
Nuages gris, S199
Philipp Kopachevsky (piano)
Transcendental Studies, S139 Nos. 1-12
Mariangela Vacatello (piano)
Grandes Études de Paganini (6), S. 141
Goran Filipec (piano)
Deux Polonaises, S223/R44
Jean Dubé (piano)
Ballade No. 1 in D flat major S170 ('Le chant du croisé')
Jean Dubé (piano)
Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171/R16
Jean Dubé (piano)
Consolation, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major
Alexander Gavrylyuk (piano)
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Alexander Gavrylyuk (piano)
Isolde's Liebestod (after Wagner), S447
Alexander Gavrylyuk (piano)
Danse macabre (after Saint-Saëns), S555/F240
Alexander Gavrylyuk (piano)
Tarantella, S. 162 No. 3 (from Venezia e Napoli)
Alexander Gavrylyuk (piano)
Two Concert Studies, S145/R6: Gnomenreigen; Waldesrauschen
Klara Würtz (piano)
Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)
Klara Würtz (piano)
Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este (Années de pèlerinage III, S. 163 No. 4)
Klara Würtz (piano)
Fantasia & Fugue on B-A-C-H, S529
Misha Dacic (piano)
Les cloches de Genève (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 9)
Misha Dacic (piano)
Grosses Konzertsolo, S176
Misha Dacic (piano)
Glanes de Woronince, S249
Misha Dacic (piano)
Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 7)
Misha Dacic (piano)
Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 9 in E flat major 'Pesther Carneval'
Misha Dacic (piano)
La Lugubre Gondola I, S200 No. 1
Misha Dacic (piano)
Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 3)
Irene Russo (piano)
Legendes (2) for piano, S. 175
Irene Russo (piano)
Valse-Impromptu, S.213
Vanessa Benelli-Mosell (piano)
La leggierezza - Étude de concert No. 2, S144
Vanessa Benelli-Mosell (piano)
Grand galop chromatique, S219
Vanessa Benelli-Mosell (piano)
Rhapsodie espagnole, S254
Vanessa Benelli-Mosell (piano)
O du, mein holder Abendstern - Rezitativ und Romanze aus Tannhäuser S444
François Dumont (piano)
Ballade aus Der fliegende Holländer S441
François Dumont (piano)
Aus Richard Wagners Lohengrin, S446: No. 2. Elsa's Dream
François Dumont (piano)
Ouvertüre zu R Wagners Tannhäuser S442
François Dumont (piano)
Feierlicher Marsch zum heiligen Gral aus Parsifal S450
François Dumont (piano)
Aus Richard Wagners Lohengrin, S446: No. 3. Lohengrin's Rebuke
François Dumont (piano)
Walhall aus Der Ring des Nibelungen S449
François Dumont (piano)
Elsa’s Bridal Procession (from Lohengrin), S445, No.2
François Dumont (piano)
Isolde's Liebestod (after Wagner), S447
François Dumont (piano)
Marche funebre de Dom Sebastien S402
Mark Viner (piano)
Réminiscences de Lucrezia Borgia. Grande fantaisie S400
Mark Viner (piano)
Réminiscences de Norma, S394
Mark Viner (piano)
Hexaméron, S392
Mark Viner (piano)
Ernani '[Deuxième] Paraphrase de Concert', S432
Michele Campanella (piano)
Salve Maria de l'opéra de Verdi "Jérusalem", S431ii
Michele Campanella (piano)
Miserere du Trovatore, S433
Michele Campanella (piano)
Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera
Michele Campanella (piano)
Finale de "Don Carlos" de Verdi – Coro di festa e marcia funebre, S435
Michele Campanella (piano)
Messa di Requiem: Agnus Dei (after Verdi), S437
Michele Campanella (piano)
Réminiscences de Simone Boccanegra, S.438
Michele Campanella (piano)
Aida Di Verdi - Danza Sacra e Duetto Finale S436
Michele Campanella (piano)
Symphony No.6 in F Op.68 ‘Pastorale’ from S464
Michele Campanella (piano)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124
Nelson Freire (piano)
Dresdner Philharmonie, Michel Plasson
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125
Nelson Freire (piano)
Dresdner Philharmonie, Michel Plasson
Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra
Nelson Freire (piano)
Dresdner Philharmonie, Michel Plasson