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Liszt & Wagner - Imogen Cooper

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Liszt/Wagner: Imogen Cooper

Imogen Cooper (piano)

Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, 2ème année, Italie (7 pieces), S. 161
Liszt: Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 7)
Liszt: Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 3)
Liszt: Il penseroso (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 2)
Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)
Liszt: Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 6)
Liszt: Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 4)
Liszt: Sposalizio (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 1)
Liszt: Bagatelle sans tonalite, S216a c1885
Liszt: Gretchen aus Faust-Symphonie, S513
Liszt: Isolde's Liebestod (after Wagner), S447
Liszt: La Lugubre Gondola I, S200 No. 1
Liszt: Nuages gris, S199
Liszt: Valse oubliée No. 2, S.215/2
Wagner: Einleitung zu 'Tristan und Isolde', WWV 90
Wagner: Elegy in A flat
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

After highly successful recordings of works by Brahms, the Schumanns, and Chopin, Imogen Cooper plunges into the world of another great romantic, Franz Liszt, and places him alongside that other giant, Richard Wagner. This is an evocative programme of original compositions and intimate transcriptions, ranging from poetic movements from the Années de Pèlerinage: Italie to darker and deeply elegiac pieces, including Liszt’s La lugubre gondola I and Wagner’s Elegie. It also features a transcription by Zoltán Kocsis of the intensely passionate prelude to Tristan und Isolde. The famous pianist and conductor died prematurely in November 2016. It was his work that inspired this recording to begin with, and Imogen Cooper dedicates the disc to his memory.

Breathtaking music in unique interpretations: romanticism without melodrama, virtuosity without fuss.

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