Franz Liszt: The Piano Concertos; Fantasies for Piano and Orchestra

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Released for the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birthday, this triple-disc set of his two piano concertos and various other works for piano and orchestra is worthwhile for the sake of having these pieces brought together in one package, with solid performances by the same performers throughout. But they are so underwhelmingly recorded that likely no one would judge this package the most enjoyable in terms of sound quality. Overall, the playing by pianist Jenö Jandó and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, conducted by András Ligeti, has vigor and flash going for it, and this presentation of Liszt's big showstoppers certainly shows the considerable effort of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Released for the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birthday, this triple-disc set of his two piano concertos and various other works for piano and orchestra is worthwhile for the sake of having these pieces brought together in one package, with solid performances by the same performers throughout. But they are so underwhelmingly recorded that likely no one would judge this package the most enjoyable in terms of sound quality. Overall, the playing by pianist Jenö Jandó and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, conducted by András Ligeti, has vigor and flash going for it, and this presentation of Liszt's big showstoppers certainly shows the considerable effort of the musicians in these challenging works. Yet a huge boost in volume is necessary to hear all the details of the recordings, and even then, there are limitations of what can be detected. The piano's sound is not full in its timbres, dynamics, or presence, and the orchestra has no feeling of depth, breadth, or resonance, due to the exceptionally dry acoustics that cut off notes as soon as they've sounded. This is far from an audiophile's dream set, and while some listeners might find it acceptable and better than mediocre, it doesn't dazzle. So while students of Liszt's music will definitely find this collection good for study purposes, and casual listeners may find real value in it, it will likely disappoint mavens of the finest sound quality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2011
  • Label: Capriccio
  • UPC: 845221070957
  • Catalog Number: 7095
  • Sales rank: 174,698

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4) - Franz Liszt & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (18:16)
  2. 4–9 Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125 (LW H6) - Franz Liszt & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (20:53)
  3. 5 Hungarian Fantasy (Fantasie über ungarische Volksmelodien), for piano & orchestra, S. 123 (LW H12) - Franz Liszt & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (15:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Wanderer Fantasy (Fantasie von Franz Schubert), for piano & orchestra (after Schubert, D. 760), S. 366 (LW H13) - Franz Liszt & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (22:04)
  2. 2 Fantasie über Motiven aus Beethovens Ruinen von Athen, for piano & orchestra, S. 122 (LW H9) - Franz Liszt & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (11:12)
  3. 3 Grande Fantaisie symphonique über Themen aus Berlioz's "Lélio", for piano and orchestra, S.120 (LW H2) - Franz Liszt & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (24:35)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Malédiction, for piano & string orchestra (or string sextet), S. 121 (LW H1) - Franz Liszt & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (14:22)
  2. 2 Polonaise brillante, for piano & orchestra (after von Weber: Op. 17) , S. 367 (LW H10) - Franz Liszt & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (10:28)
  3. 3 Fantasie über Themen aus Der Freischütz, for piano (after von Weber), S. 451 (LW A68) - Franz Liszt & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (13:32)
  4. 4 Totentanz, for piano & orchestra, S. 126 (LW H8) - Franz Liszt & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (15:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
András Ligeti Primary Artist
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