Liszt: Wild and Crazy

Liszt: Wild and Crazy

     
 

The title of this album, one might argue, could easily describe Liszt's life. Fortunately for listeners, Liszt channeled his fervor and energy into composing virtuosic music for the piano. This double CD album features an all-star cast of some of the world's greatest pianists. Asking someone to choose the best pieces on the album is like askingSee more details below

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The title of this album, one might argue, could easily describe Liszt's life. Fortunately for listeners, Liszt channeled his fervor and energy into composing virtuosic music for the piano. This double CD album features an all-star cast of some of the world's greatest pianists. Asking someone to choose the best pieces on the album is like asking someone to choose his or her favorite child or candy; however, there are a number of pieces that especially stand out on this overall wonderful array of compositions. The dark bass begins "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" with great majesty, and one can sense that Lang Lang is playing the piano with his whole body. His youthful energy makes the piece sparkle, makes the passages chase one another. Martha Argerich's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6" lilts and waltzes; one wants to dance and pause with her perfect rubatos. The all-too-familiar Mendelssohn wedding march is performed here as most people have never heard it done before: Liszt has taken the composition and made it his own, just as Egon Petri has made the piece his own. Petri returns on another Liszt paraphrase, the brilliant "Fantasy on Themes from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro." Rather than plowing through the entire opera, Liszt chose two arias to draw upon, "Non piu andrai" and "Voi che sapete." How the composer takes so little music and fleshes it out is simply genius, and Petri is attuned to each nuance that Liszt desires. Another opera-inspired work, the "Concert Paraphrase on Verdi's Rigoletto" is absolutely heartbreaking because of its deep, tender emotions it evokes in the listener, thanks to Daniel Barenboim. Violinists will recognize "La campanella," originally composed by Paganini, and played beautifully here by Yundi Li. Certainly, there are other wonderful musical moments courtesy of Vladimir Horowitz, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Herbert von Karajan. Liszt would be proud. ~ V. Vasan

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0028947795261
catalogNumber:
1154133
Rank:
207330

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Tracks

  1. Consolation, for piano No. 1 in E Major "Andante con moto", S. 172/1 (LW A111a/2/1)  - Franz Liszt  - Daniel Barenboim  - Fred Munzmaier
  2. Fantasie über Motive aus Figaro und Don Juan, for piano (after Mozart), S. 697 (LW A90)  - Franz Liszt  - Ferruccio Busoni  - Fred Munzmaier  - Egon Petri
  3. La Lugubre gondola I, for piano (in 6/8), S. 200/1 (LW A319a)  - Franz Liszt  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Rodolphe Kars
  4. Nuages gris (Trübe Wolken), for piano, S. 199 (LW A305)  - Franz Liszt  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Rodolphe Kars
  5. Wilde Jagd, etude for piano in C minor (Transcendental Etude No. 8), S. 139/8 (LW A172/8)  - Franz Liszt  - Fred Munzmaier  - Alice Sara Ott
  6. Les jeux d'eaux à la Ville d'Este, for piano (Années III/4), S. 163/4 (LW A283/4)  - Franz Liszt  - Zoltán Kocsis  - Fred Munzmaier
  7. Feux-follets, etude for piano in B flat major (Transcendental Etude No. 5), S. 139/5 (LW A172/5)  - Franz Liszt  - Fred Munzmaier  - Sviatoslav Richter
  8. Gnomenreigen, for piano (Zwei Konzertetüden No. 2), S. 145/2 (LW A218/2)  - Franz Liszt  - Fred Munzmaier  - Mikhail Pletnev
  9. Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs), for piano (Zwei Konzertetuden No. 1), S. 145/1 (LW A218/1)  - Franz Liszt  - Géza Anda  - Fred Munzmaier
  10. Rigoletto: paraphrase de concert (after Verdi), for piano, S. 434 (LW A187)  - Franz Liszt  - Daniel Barenboim  - Fred Munzmaier
  11. La Campanella II, etude for piano in G sharp minor (Grand Paganini Étude No. 3), S. 141/3 (LW A173/3)  - Franz Liszt  - Fred Munzmaier  - Yundi Li
  12. Widmung (Liebeslied), transcription for piano (after Schumann, I & II), S. 566 (LW A133)  - Franz Liszt  - Fred Munzmaier  - Yundi Li
  13. Hungarian Fantasy (Fantasie über ungarische Volksmelodien), for piano & orchestra, S. 123 (LW H12)  - Franz Liszt  - Shura Cherkassky  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Fred Munzmaier
  14. Wedding March & Dance of the Elves, transcription for piano (after Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream), S. 410 (LW A166)  - Franz Liszt  - Fred Munzmaier  - Egon Petri
  15. Totentanz, for piano & orchestra, S. 126 (LW H8)  - Franz Liszt  - Jorge Bolet  - Iván Fischer  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier
  16. Soirées de Vienne, valse caprice for piano No. 6 (I; after Schubert D. 969 & 779) S. 427/6 (LW A131/6)  - Franz Liszt  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Fred Munzmaier
  17. Funérailles, for piano (Harmonies poétiques No. 7), S.173/7 (LW A158/7)  - Franz Liszt  - Fred Munzmaier  - Mikhail Pletnev
  18. Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 6 in D flat major, S. 244/6 (LW A132/6)  - Franz Liszt  - Martha Argerich  - Fred Munzmaier
  19. Il penseroso II, for piano (Années II/2), S. 161/2 (LW A55/2)  - Franz Liszt  - Wilhelm Kempff  - Fred Munzmaier
  20. Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 2 (the "original" No. 2) in C sharp minor (I & II), S. 244/2 (LW A132/2)  - Franz Liszt  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Fred Munzmaier  -  Lang Lang
  21. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)  - Franz Liszt  - Daniel Barenboim  - Fred Munzmaier
  22. Mephisto Waltz (I & II), for piano No. 1 (Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke), S. 514 (LW A189)  - Franz Liszt  - Ferruccio Busoni  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  - Fred Munzmaier

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