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George Li - Live at the Mariinsky: Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt (2017)

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George Li - Live at the Mariinsky: Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt (2017)

George Li - Live at the Mariinsky: Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 237 Mb | Total time: 68:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 9029581294 | Recorded: 2016

This enthralling recital by the young American pianist George Li, silver medallist at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, marks his recording debut and launches a new relationship with Warner Classics. Captured at a live performance in the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg, it presents a dramatically conceived programme of works by Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt: a descent into deep darkness; re-emergence into the light, and a concluding, boisterous celebration.

Kirill Karabits, Staatskapelle Weimar - Liszt: Sardanapalo; Mazeppa (2019)

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Kirill Karabits, Staatskapelle Weimar - Liszt: Sardanapalo; Mazeppa (2019)

Kirill Karabits, Staatskapelle Weimar - Liszt: Sardanapalo; Mazeppa (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 67:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Audite | # 97.764 | Recorded: 2018

Contrary heroes: Symphonic poem Mazeppa and the opera fragment Sardanapalo performed by Karabits and the Weimar Staatskapelle. Sardanapalo who prefers wine and concubines to politics and warfare, and Mazeppa, who dies with glory, having endured pain and humiliation: dramatic literary models, impressively set to music by Franz Liszt. Written at the same time, these works represent Liszt’s ideas striving to unite literature and music, on the one hand modernising Italian opera and on the other advancing towards the symphonic poem in his orchestral writing.

Jos van Immerseel, Anima Eterna - Liszt: Symphonische Dichtung No. 3 & 6, Ungarische Rhapsodie No.1 & 3 (2004)

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Jos van Immerseel, Anima Eterna - Liszt: Symphonische Dichtung No. 3 & 6, Ungarische Rhapsodie No.1 & 3 (2004)

Jos van Immerseel, Anima Eterna - Liszt: Symphonische Dichtung No. 3 & 6, Ungarische Rhapsodie No.1 & 3, Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, Totentanz (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 352 Mb | Total time: 78:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoires | ZZT041102 | Recorded: 2003

This very well recorded disc from 2003 is yet another fine disc from Immerseel and his orchestra once more extending his 'period' interests well beyond the Baroque and Classical areas of musical history. In this case Immerseel turns his attention to music by Liszt which he will have been familiar with as solo piano music but which also exists in its orchestral guise supplied by Liszt. These are not transcriptions but are real alternative versions for orchestra. The one exception is the tone poem, From the Cradle to the Grave' which was a late work, never performed during Liszt's life and only available as an orchestral composition.

Byron Janis - True Romantic: Frederic Chopin & Franz Liszt (1999)

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Byron Janis - True Romantic: Frederic Chopin & Franz Liszt (1999)

Byron Janis - True Romantic: Frédéric Chopin & Franz Liszt (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:56:28
Classical | Label: Angel/EMI Classics | # 7243 5 56780 2 7

For while it would be idle to pretend that this 70-year-old virtuoso, struck down at the height of his career with psoriatic arthritis, still commands the velocity and reflex of his earlier years, his later Chopin and Liszt are a tribute to a devotion and commitment gloriously enriched by experience. The First Impromptu is piquantly voiced and phrased while the C sharp minor Etude, Op. 25 No. 7, could hardly be more hauntingly confided, more ‘blue’ or inturned. How you miss the repeat in the C sharp minor Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 3 (not Op. 15, as the jewel-case claims), given such cloudy introspection and if there are moments when you recall how Rubinstein – forever Chopin’s most aristocratic spokesman – can convey a world of feeling in a scarcely perceptible gesture, Janis’s brooding intensity represents a wholly personal, only occasionally overbearing, alternative; an entirely different point of view. Time and again he tells us that there are higher goods than surface polish or slickness and in the valedictory F minor Mazurka, Op. 68 No. 4 he conveys a dark night of the soul indeed, an emotion almost too desolating for public utterance… Janis is no less remarkable in Liszt, whether in the brief but intriguing Sans mesure (a first performance and recording), in a Sonetto 104 del Petrarca as tear-laden as any on record and in a final Liebestod of an exhausting ardour and focus.

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony & Dante Sonata (1994) [Re-Up]

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Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony & Dante Sonata (1994) [Re-Up]

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony & Sonata (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 285 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Teldec | # 9031-77340-2 | Time: 01:06:31

Liszt’s Dante Symphony is a work of astonishing imagination. His evocation of the ‘Inferno’, the shade of Francesca da Rimini and her sad remembered love is marked by strokes of genius which, with bewildering frequency, pre-empt the mature Wagner (who was, incidentally, the dedicatee of the work). If the second and third movements – the ‘Paradiso’ was wisely commuted to a setting of part of the Magnificat plus a brief Hosanna – don’t quite match the sweep and control of the first, they have their own particular magic. Even so, the work has not acquired the popularity of the Faust Symphony. Barenboim’s new recording with the Berlin Philharmonic is thus particularly welcome. Not only does it augment the number of available recordings to four, it is also the most polished. Even performing ‘live’, the Berlin Philharmonic turns in a performance of near-perfection – the solo lines are a particular joy.

Vladimir Horowitz - Rachmaninov, Liszt: Piano Works (2003)

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Vladimir Horowitz - Rachmaninov, Liszt: Piano Works (2003)

Vladimir Horowitz - Rachmaninov, Liszt: Piano Works (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:18:44 | 342 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: SMK90447

This very generous (79 min.) program of Rachmaninov and Liszt is a sterling representation of Horowitz's mastery in these two composers. It was issued in 2003 as a centennial tribute to the pianist, and quite a number of readings derive from live concerts. the span of time is relatively short - most of the performances come from 1967 and 1068, with several more from 1962, before he ended his self-imposed exile from concertizing. The sonics from that period could be a bit thin and shallow, but they are good enough, and at times, as in Rachmaninov's Etude-Tableau Op. 39 no. 5, Horowitz's full range of sound jumps out, making one wish that everything was this present and engrossing.

Joris Verdin, Psallentes - L'abbé Liszt (2017)

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Joris Verdin, Psallentes - L'abbé Liszt (2017)

Joris Verdin, Psallentes - L'abbé Liszt (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 442 Mb | Total time: 70:50+73:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Le Bricoleur | LBCD/10 | Recorded: 2014

Joris Verdin plays both the harmonium and the organ in Nancy (France) and Bergen op Zoom (Netherlands) on this unique double CD of religious music by Franz Liszt (1811-1886). From sweet intimacy through intoxicating harmonies and charming melodies to sheer grandeur: Liszt has it all. With the help of top soloists and the fine voices of Psallentes, this is more than two hours of sheer pleasure, nineteenth-century style.

Sviatoslav Richter - Richter: The Authorised Recordings - Chopin, Liszt (1994)

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Sviatoslav Richter - Richter: The Authorised Recordings - Chopin, Liszt (1994)

Sviatoslav Richter - Richter: The Authorised Recordings - Chopin, Liszt (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:29:29 | 774 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 438 620-2

In 1994-95, Philips released a 20+ disc box set titled Richter - The Authorized Recordings. Each volume was divided up by various composers, and recordings ranged from 1963 - 1992. This album is a 3 disc set that contains works by Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin exclusively. The recordings range from 1966 to 1992, most of which are from recitals in the late 80s. At this point Richter’s career was certainly closer to its end and the reigning virtuoso he was the 50s and 60s was clearly on decline as is common with most aging pianists.

Claudio Arrau - Liszt: Piano Works (5CD) (1991)

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Claudio Arrau - Liszt: Piano Works (5CD) (1991)

Claudio Arrau - Liszt: Piano Works (5CD) (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 05:17:38 | 1.3 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 432 334

Although Claudio Arrau had impressive credentials as a Liszt player - his only teacher was Martin Krause, who was a student of Liszt - and he performed many of the composer's works early in his career, he neither exploited this association, nor became known as a Liszt specialist. Perhaps this was because Krause warned him not to become a specialist in the music of any one composer, urging him instead to embrace all music. Consequently, the younger Arrau's repertoire was very large; however, as he grew older he concentrated on fewer composers, moving as it were from the universal to the particular applying almost prophetic insight into certain scores, especially those of Beethoven and Liszt.

Ferenc Fricsay, Stanislav Macura, Herbert von Karajan, Rafael Kubelik - Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol. 1 (2017)

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Ferenc Fricsay, Stanislav Macura, Herbert von Karajan, Rafael Kubelik - Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol. 1 (2017)

Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol. 1 (2017)
RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsay; Prague RSO, Stanislav Macura
Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan; Bavarian RSO, Rafael Kubelik

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 422 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga | # PRD/DSD 350 124 | Time: 01:19:56

Both the term symphonic poem and the form itself were invented by Franz Liszt, who in works such as Les Préludes (1848; after Alphonse de Lamartine’s Méditations poétiques) used thematic transformation to parallel the poetic emotions. That’s true again with Byron (Tasso, lamento e trionfo), Schiller (Die Ideale) and Victor Hugo (Mazeppa). A winning quartet!

Sir Georg Solti - Liszt: A Faust Symphony (1986)

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Sir Georg Solti - Liszt: A Faust Symphony (1986)

Sir Georg Solti - Liszt: A Faust Symphony (1986)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 74:12 | 366 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 417 399-2

The 'Faust' Symphony included here was recorded in 1986 by Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra whose boss for many years he was. It is a legendary collaboration with quite a recording catalogue behind it, mostly for DECCA; both the legendary status and the recording legacy are probably second only to Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Such close collaboration between great musicians and great label is bound to produce memorable results. As it might be expected from DECCA, the digital sound is excellent, with impeccable clarity and dynamic range beyond reproach; but without that annoying flatness, or glassy artificiality, or call it what you like, that often affects digital recordings - or at least it used to do so in the early days of the digital era.

Stephen Hough - Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, Suisse (2005)

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Stephen Hough - Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, Suisse (2005)

Stephen Hough - Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, Suisse (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:15:14 | 215 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67424

Stephen Hough has the ample virtuoso credentials to excel in these demanding exemplars of Romantic piano music. Only rarely do we miss the rhetorical flourishes or the big, burnished tone and philosophical depth of an Arrau, but this is a first-rate reading of wonderful piano music. Hough's performance of "Vallé d'Obermann," the longest by far of the Swiss book of the Années, is played like the large-scale tone poem it is, and he fully conveys the work's meditation on nature's mysteries. His tempo freedoms in "Au bord d'une source" help make this astounding "water music" a miracle of color and mood. Throughout, Hough's fleet fingers dazzle in the difficult passages and his tonal subtleties reflect the poetry in these nine pieces.

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Liszt: Complete Tone Poems, Vol. 2 (2001)

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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Liszt: Complete Tone Poems, Vol. 2 (2001)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Liszt: Complete Tone Poems, Vol. 2 (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:11:12 | 686 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 438754

All recordings of Liszt's symphonic poems should be compared to the fabulous set by Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhash Orchestra. They are near perfection in their spontaneity and authenticity. These are good recordings - even great - although it would be hard not to perform such notables as Hungaria, the Mephisto Waltz and Hunnenschlacht.

Martha Argerich, Claudio Abbado - Chopin, Liszt: Piano Concertos (1996)

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Martha Argerich, Claudio Abbado - Chopin, Liszt: Piano Concertos (1996)

Martha Argerich, Claudio Abbado - Chopin, Liszt: Piano Concertos (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 55:45 | 259 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 449719

There has never been a more exciting pianist that Martha Argerich. Throughout her career, any appearance by her guarantees sellout crowds and an evening of memorable, not to say insane, music making. She has always drastically limited her repertoire about a dozen concertos, a few more solo and chamber works and will not perform or record solo recitals at all any more. But every single thing that she has recorded is a prime recommendation, plain and simple. She's one of the very few artists whose recordings one should collect just because of whom she is: unique and incomparable. These two concertos perfectly illustrate her gifts as an interpreter. Your ears will be glued to your speakers.

Leslie Howard - Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies (1999)

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Leslie Howard - Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies (1999)

Leslie Howard - Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 148:18 | 451 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67418/9

Perhaps this album will be more of a remembrance of the conclusion of this mammoth liszt piano music series than a colourful alternative for the Rhapsodies per se. I am happy to state that it fulfills both credentials admirably, indeed the sense of elation and triumph is palpably present throughout the whole interpretations. As usual, the detailed notes make for some fascinating reading and Hyperion have also graciously included a beautifully presented catalogue to the whole series as an addendum. Howard's speeds in the First are occasionally too ponderous but the warmth and eloquence of the music are indeed well served.