Liszt: Symphonic Poems

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Of all the forms that bear Franz Liszt's stamp, the symphonic poem is perhaps his most original contribution to orchestral music, and the 13 works he designated as such were among the most influential of the mid- to late nineteenth century. Of these, "Les Pr?ludes," "Mazeppa," and "Hamlet" are the best known today and the most often performed; but the others are worthy of attention, even though they have fallen somewhat out of fashion and are infrequently programmed. Between 1991 and 2005, Michael Hal?sz recorded Liszt's cycle for Naxos in four volumes, the first with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the succeeding three discs with the New Zealand ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Of all the forms that bear Franz Liszt's stamp, the symphonic poem is perhaps his most original contribution to orchestral music, and the 13 works he designated as such were among the most influential of the mid- to late nineteenth century. Of these, "Les Préludes," "Mazeppa," and "Hamlet" are the best known today and the most often performed; but the others are worthy of attention, even though they have fallen somewhat out of fashion and are infrequently programmed. Between 1991 and 2005, Michael Halász recorded Liszt's cycle for Naxos in four volumes, the first with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the succeeding three discs with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. This concluding installment, released by Naxos in 2007, consists of the nationalistic march "Hungaria" 1854, revised 1856, the brooding "Héroïde funèbre" 1850, revised 1854, and the similarly dark "Le Triomphe funèbre du Tasse" 1866, revised 1877, three grandiose works that range in mood from the fervently patriotic to the heroic and tragic. Halász presents these pieces with appropriate dignity and bravado and takes the music seriously, even when its bombast threatens to be excessive or hokey; and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra musters a big, full-bodied sound that gives the music credible force and sonority, in keeping with its intense Romanticism. Naxos provides fine reproduction, with natural resonance and vibrant timbres, so the occasional subtleties of Liszt's orchestration are not lost in an overly homogenized mix.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313284726
  • Catalog Number: 8557847
  • Sales rank: 201,387

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hungaria, symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 103 (LW G13) - Franz Liszt & Michael Halász (22:01)
    Composed byFranz Liszt
    Conducted byMichael Halász
    Performed byMichael Halász, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  2. 2 Héroïde funèbre (I & II), symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 102 (LW G4) - Franz Liszt & Michael Halász (23:18)
    Composed byFranz Liszt
    Conducted byMichael Halász
    Performed byMichael Halász, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  3. 3 Le triomphe funèbre du Tasse, for orchestra (Ode funèbres No. 3), S. 112/3 (LW G25/3) - Franz Liszt & Michael Halász (12:54)
    Composed byFranz Liszt
    Conducted byMichael Halász
    Performed byMichael Halász, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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Michael Halász Primary Artist
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