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Franz Liszt: Annees De Pelerinage II; Late Piano Works

Audio Samples

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
>Liszt, Franz : Wiegenlied, S198
>Liszt, Franz : Mosonyis Grabgeleit, for piano, S. 194 (LW A249)
>Liszt, Franz : Am Grabe Richard Wagners, for piano, S. 202 (LW A202)
>Liszt, Franz : La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (2nd version)
>Liszt, Franz : Trauervorspiel und Trauermarsch, for piano, S. 206 (LW A334)

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
>Liszt, Franz : Wiegenlied, S198
>Liszt, Franz : Mosonyis Grabgeleit, for piano, S. 194 (LW A249)
>Liszt, Franz : Am Grabe Richard Wagners, for piano, S. 202 (LW A202)
>Liszt, Franz : La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (2nd version)
>Liszt, Franz : Trauervorspiel und Trauermarsch, for piano, S. 206 (LW A334)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Michael Korstick may not be a colorist or poetic aristocrat on the level of other pianists who've recorded the second book of Liszt's Années de pèlerinage memorably, yet his intense, purposeful playing reveals a strong interpretive point of view that compels you to listen. He sustains Il Penserioso's slow tempo with subtle inflections of the right hand's dotted rhythms and by giving the rolled left-hand chords their full due. The boisterous, extroverted Canzonetta Del Salvator Rosa markedly contrasts with the relatively contained and refined interpretations that Jorge Bolet and Muza Rubackyté deliver.

In Korstick's hands, the three Petrarca pieces emerge more urgently and dynamically charged than usual, with lots of inner-voice activity. However, for sheer technical aplomb, Korstick's treatment of the Dante Sonata's climactic pages recalls the kinetic impact of Lazar Berman's pulverizing octaves.

Korstick's lyrical side considerably opens up in terms of phrasing and tone projection in the five late-period pieces, imparting a welcome tender quality to the music's generally sparse and bleak countenance. You especially notice this in the Wiegenlied, La lugubre gondola No. 2's animated central section, and in the Trauermarsch's fragile last pages. A release well worth the attention of any self-respecting Liszt acolyte.”-Classicstoday.com

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Congress Centrum Pforzheim (08/2009).



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
  • Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1861

>Liszt, Franz : Wiegenlied, S198
  • Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Liszt, Franz : Mosonyis Grabgeleit, for piano, S. 194 (LW A249)
  • Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1870

>Liszt, Franz : Am Grabe Richard Wagners, for piano, S. 202 (LW A202)
  • Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Liszt, Franz : La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (2nd version)
  • Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Liszt, Franz : Trauervorspiel und Trauermarsch, for piano, S. 206 (LW A334)
  • Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1885