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Liszt: Three Funderal Odes; From the Cradle to the Grave; Two Episodes from Lenau's Faust / Ilan Volkov, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe (From the Cradle to the Grave), symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 107 (LW
>Liszt, Franz : Odes Funèbres (3), for orchestra, S. 112 (LW G25)
>Liszt, Franz : Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

As part of Liszt’s anniversary year, Hyperion turns to some of the composer’s least recorded and performed works. Liszt’s Trois Odes funèbres were composed between 1860 and 1866 and exist in a variety of versions — for orchestra, for piano solo and for piano duet. Although it is quite clear from the original manuscripts that Liszt intended these works to be performed as a cycle, it is rarely done. This release is the first recording of the complete set. From the Cradle to the Grave was based on a drawing by the Hungarian artist Mihály Zichy (1827-1906). The artist depicted the three stages of existence — birth, the struggle for being and death, the cradle of the life to come. The Faust legend preoccupied Liszt for much of his life, and inspired the composer’s most famous orchestral work, the Faust Symphony, along with Zwei Episoden aus Lenaus Faust, which contains some of the composer’s most thrillingly atmospheric music.

"The performances are tremendous. Volkov turns out to be a superb Lisztian, alert to the music's anguish and exaltation. The playing is beautifully textured, with a strong sense of technical and emotional limits being broached and sustained throughout. Highly recommended." -The Guardian

"Volkov does not disappoint in bringing out the sombre fatalism but also the inward serenity of the music...[in Trois Odes funèbres] Volkov (aided by a rapt response from the men of the Glasgow Singers) delves that much deeper into music whose long-term influence is out of all proportion to its present-day unfamiliarity." -International Record Review

"Volkov shapes all these pieces with what seems perfect understanding of their different shades of gloom or grief, and the playing of the BBC Scottish, helped by Hyperion's first-rate recording, is also perfectly attuned to the light and shade of Liszt's sound-palette. Altogether a revelatory album: this combination of works actually says something new about Liszt's quality as an orchestral composer." -BBC Music Magazine

"From the Cradle to the Grave... is strikingly beautiful, its impacted tripartite structure...exceedingly direct but memorably effective...This vivid account, on a disc with the equally rare Three Funeral Odes and Two Episodes from Lenau's Faust (the second the famous Mephisto Waltz), should do something for his standing in his bicentenary year." -Sunday Times

"Volkov, aided by superior engineering, offers a... detailed account: witness the precision of the suave Scottish string section in the opening of "Der Kampf um's Dasein" with the important figure in the brass that succeeds it generating added tension." -Gramophone

"The performances are tremendous. Volkov turns out to be a superb Lisztian, alert to the music's anguish and exaltation. The playing is beautifully textured, with a strong sense of technical and emotional limits being broached and sustained throughout. Highly recommended." -The Guardian

"Volkov does not disappoint in bringing out the sombre fatalism but also the inward serenity of the music...[in Trois Odes funèbres] Volkov (aided by a rapt response from the men of the Glasgow Singers) delves that much deeper into music whose long-term influence is out of all proportion to its present-day unfamiliarity." -International Record Review

"Volkov shapes all these pieces with what seems perfect understanding of their different shades of gloom or grief, and the playing of the BBC Scottish, helped by Hyperion's first-rate recording, is also perfectly attuned to the light and shade of Liszt's sound-palette. Altogether a revelatory album: this combination of works actually says something new about Liszt's quality as an orchestral composer." -BBC Music Magazine

"From the Cradle to the Grave... is strikingly beautiful, its impacted tripartite structure...exceedingly direct but memorably effective...This vivid account, on a disc with the equally rare Three Funeral Odes and Two Episodes from Lenau's Faust (the second the famous Mephisto Waltz), should do something for his standing in his bicentenary year." -Sunday Times

"Volkov, aided by superior engineering, offers a... detailed account: witness the precision of the suave Scottish string section in the opening of "Der Kampf um's Dasein" with the important figure in the brass that succeeds it generating added tension." -Gramophone

BBC Music Magazine Orchestral Choice - April 2011

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/02/2010-06/04/2010).



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>Liszt, Franz : Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe (From the Cradle to the Grave), symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 107 (LW
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/02/2010-06/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881-1882

>Liszt, Franz : Odes Funèbres (3), for orchestra, S. 112 (LW G25)
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/02/2010-06/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1860-1866

>Liszt, Franz : Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/02/2010-06/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1860