Liszt: Wagner and Weber Transcriptions

Audio Samples

>Liszt, Franz : Overture to Wagner's "Tannhauser", S 442
>Liszt, Franz : O du mein holder Abendstern, transcription for piano (after Wagner
>     Tannhäuser), S. 444 (LW A163)
>Liszt, Franz : Einzug der Gaste auf der Wartburg, transcription for piano (after Wagner
>     Tannhäuser), S. 445/1a
>Liszt, Franz : Am stillen Herd, transcription for piano (after Wagner
>     Die Meistersinger), S. 448 (LW A254)
>Liszt, Franz : Walhall aus Das Rheingold, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 449 (LW A269)
>Liszt, Franz : Overture zum Freischutz, transcription for piano (after Weber), S. 575 (LW A129)

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Overture to Wagner's "Tannhauser", S 442
>Liszt, Franz : O du mein holder Abendstern, transcription for piano (after Wagner
>Liszt, Franz : Einzug der Gaste auf der Wartburg, transcription for piano (after Wagner
>Liszt, Franz : Am stillen Herd, transcription for piano (after Wagner
>Liszt, Franz : Walhall aus Das Rheingold, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 449 (LW A269)
>Liszt, Franz : Overture zum Freischutz, transcription for piano (after Weber), S. 575 (LW A129)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Steven Mayer has performed the fiendishly difficult solos of Art Tatum, as well as music by Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson and Fats Waller alongside Mozart, Schumann and Ives for audiences worldwide. Winner of the Grand Prix du Disque Liszt for his Liszt concertos recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mayer has appeared as soloist with orchestras from the Leipzig Gewandhaus to the Boston Pops. Mayer has taught at the Manhattan School of Music and the International Keyboard Institute.

American Record Guide
... I am pleased to report that it is of high quality. The sound is outstanding. All the tones are pure and sweet, with not a single ugly strike to be found anywhere. Mayer's technique is well suited to this difficult and ornate music: the scale work and flourishes are outstanding. In addition there are a few truly impressive moments, such as the concluding minutes of 'Am Stillen Herd' from Meistersinger, where the initially soft tones grow imperceptibly into the thundering chords of the final cadence. Another highly satisfying experience is supplied by the 'Entry of the Guests' from Tannhäuser. This, one of the few works exhibiting any real zip...

Fanfare
This is a welcome addition to the Naxos series, and one of the finer ones to date. It is a pleasure to encounter again the estimable artistry of Steven Mayer, a pianist from whom we can only hope to hear more. Warmly recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/26/2009-04/29/2009).



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>Liszt, Franz : Overture to Wagner's "Tannhäuser", S 442
  • Performer: Steven Mayer (Piano)
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/26/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Liszt, Franz : O du mein holder Abendstern, transcription for piano (after Wagner :: Tannhäuser), S. 444 (LW A163)
  • Performer: Steven Mayer (Piano)
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/26/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Liszt, Franz : Einzug der Gäste auf der Wartburg, transcription for piano (after Wagner :: Tannhäuser), S. 445/1a
  • Performer: Steven Mayer (Piano)
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/26/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1876

>Liszt, Franz : Am stillen Herd, transcription for piano (after Wagner :: Die Meistersinger), S. 448 (LW A254)
  • Performer: Steven Mayer (Piano)
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/26/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Liszt, Franz : Walhall aus Das Rheingold, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 449 (LW A269)
  • Performer: Steven Mayer (Piano)
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/26/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Liszt, Franz : Overture zum Freischütz, transcription for piano (after Weber), S. 575 (LW A129)
  • Performer: Steven Mayer (Piano)
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/26/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846