Liszt: Bénédiction de Dieu

Liszt: Bénédiction de Dieu

by Vladimir Feltsman


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Liszt: Bénédiction de Dieu

This 2013 Nimbus release by Vladimir Feltsman is a collection of favorite piano pieces by Franz Liszt, showing the reflective side of the composer, instead of the purely virtuosic. That is not to say that these selections aren't dazzling in their own way, since few of Liszt's compositions are wholly free of technical wizardry, but the dominant tones of the album are thoughtful and serious. Feltsman's program opens with the famous "Liebesträum No. 3 in A flat major," one of Liszt's greatest hits, a quiet, sentimental miniature that is both lyrical and passionately Romantic. This "dream of love" sets the tone for the other short pieces, which include the delicate "Berceuse in F sharp major," along with three late compositions: Elegia, the second version of "La lugubre gondola," and the nocturne "En rêve," which balance and contrast the two large meditative pieces at the heart of the album, the "Six Consolations," and the title work, Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude, from "Harmonies poétiques et religieuses." Only the "Ballade No. 2 in B minor" is characteristically flashy and tumultuous, and Feltsman was wise to include at least one showstopper in what is otherwise a subtle and fairly introspective recital. The recording is clear and resonant, and because the microphone isn't especially close, the acoustics are allowed to enhance the sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2013
Label: Nimbus Records
UPC: 0710357621222
catalogNumber: 6212
Rank: 225225


  1. En rêve, nocturne for piano, S. 207 (LW A336)
  2. La Lugubre gondola II, for piano (in 4/4), S. 200/2 (LW A319b)
  3. Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 5 in E minor ("Héroïde-élégiaque"), S. 244/5 (LW A132/5)
  4. Berceuse (I), for piano, in D flat major, S. 174/1 (LW A186/1)
  5. Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude, for piano (Harmonies poétiques No. 3), S. 173/3 (LW A158/3)
  6. Consolations (6), for piano, S. 172 (LW A111a/2)
  7. Ballade, for piano No. 2 (I) in B minor, S. 170a
  8. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)

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