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Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol 4 / Noseda, BBC PO

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Hungaria, symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 103 (LW G13)
>Liszt, Franz : Hamlet, symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 104 (LW G22)
>Liszt, Franz : Hunnenschlacht, symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 105 (LW G17)
>Liszt, Franz : Die Ideale, symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 106 (LW G106)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gianandrea Noseda's survey of Liszt's symphonic poems continues with 'Hungaria', 'Hamlet', 'Hunnenschlacht' and 'Die Ideale'. 'Hamlet' is widely recognized as one of Liszt's greatest works, but is rarely performed today. It was intended as an overture to Shakespeare's play but never performed in that capacity. 'Hungaria' was one of several works composed as a late response to the welcome Liszt received on his first return to his Hungarian homeland in 1839, a country he had left at the age of eleven.

Classic FM Magazine
utterly gripping in Noseda's hands and puts fine versions by Bernard Haitink and Kurt Masur quite in the shade

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Volume 4 of Chandos's superb cycle of Liszt's symphonic poems takes us through Hungaria, Hamlet and Hunnenschlacht ('The Battle of the Huns') to Die Ideale. Liszt's orchestral resources and easy sense of the picturesque still provoke endless debate among avid Lisztians and equally avid detractors. And it is true that his ever-ready susceptibility can involve stock-in-trade gestures and responses, and a wholly 19th-century rhetoric. Yet when performed with such superfine brilliance as here, everything is made irresistibly vital and graphic.

Here you sense how Liszt's first audiences were fired to a renewed sense of nationalism as they listened to Hungaria, a glorified Hungarian rhapsody where muted fanfares and foreboding lead to ultimate triumph and freedom from repression. Hamlet to an even greater extent achieves its stature through extreme contrasts of violence and introspection, while Hunnenschlacht is alive with a whirling chromaticism and insistent rhythm making terms such as marziale, eroico and trionfante as central to its theme as in Hungaria. Again, Die Ideale may commence with a gloomy quote from Schiller but all possible pessimism is resolved by Liszt's preoccupation with duality; with triumph and defeat, good and evil, etc. All these qualities are conveyed by orchestra and conductor in a way that tells you that true virtuosity is achieved through discipline rather than a more generalised and garish drama. This finely recorded disc is a glorious addition to the series.

Gramophone Magazine
... when performed with such superfine brilliance as here, everything is made irresistibly vital and graphic.



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>Liszt, Franz : Hungaria, symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 103 (LW G13)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (02/01/2008-02/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1854

>Liszt, Franz : Hamlet, symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 104 (LW G22)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (02/01/2008-02/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1858

>Liszt, Franz : Hunnenschlacht, symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 105 (LW G17)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (02/01/2008-02/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1856-1857

>Liszt, Franz : Die Ideale, symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 106 (LW G106)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (02/01/2008-02/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1856-1857