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Ben Schoeman plays Franz Liszt

> Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b - Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: No. 7. Apres une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi una sonata (After Reading Dante)
> Annees de pelerinage, 1st year, Switzerland, S160/R10 - Annees de pelerinage, 1st year, Switzerland, S160/R10: No. 6. Vallee d'Obermann (Valley of Obermann)
> Annees de pelerinage, 3rd year, S163/R10 - Annees de pelerinage, 3rd year, S163/R10: No. 4. Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este (The Fountains of the Villa d'Este)
> Piano Sonata in B minor, S178/R21 - Piano Sonata in B minor, S178/R21
> Wagner - Isoldes Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, S447/R280 - Wagner - Isoldes Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, S447/R280

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Aprés une lecture du Dante II, fantasia quasi sonata, for piano (Années II/7) S. 161/7 (LW 159/7)
>Liszt, Franz : Vallée d'Obermann, for piano (Années I/6), S. 160/6 (LW A159/3)
>Liszt, Franz : Les jeux d'eaux à la Ville d'Este, for piano (Années III/4), S. 163/4 (LW A283/4)
>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
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Notes & Reviews:

Ben Schoeman is regarded as one of South Africa's foremost pianists. He won the coveted first prize in the UNISA International Piano Competition in 2009 and also won the first prize in the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London. In his debut solo-CD, Ben synchronizes his great love for Franz Liszt with the bicentenary celebrations of the composer's birth. A beautiful variety of Liszt works, from the gorgeous Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este to the monumental B minor Sonata.

Ritmo
The first bars of the introduction and show this character, announcing the seriousness and darkness is expressive. The main theme is very well sung, without mannerisms or exaggerated dilation of time, and the center, much freer in this respect, it is excessively gloomy but emotionally compelling.

American Record Guide
Schoeman offers more than 20 minutes of additional music. He includes three selections from the Années de Pelerinage - one of them is the 'Dante Sonata', given a powerful presentation with much of the Lisztian rhetoric placed in proper perspective, and considerably less bothersome than usual. The other two pieces are given in spectacular lyrical and colorful splashes of sound that captivate and thrill.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University South Africa (12/18/2010-12/21/2010).



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Aprés une lecture du Dante II, fantasia quasi sonata, for piano (Années II/7) S. 161/7 (LW 159/7)
  • Performer: Ben Schoeman (Piano)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University South Africa (12/18/2010-12/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Liszt, Franz : Vallée d'Obermann, for piano (Années I/6), S. 160/6 (LW A159/3)
  • Performer: Ben Schoeman (Piano)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University South Africa (12/18/2010-12/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1855

>Liszt, Franz : Les jeux d'eaux à la Ville d'Este, for piano (Années III/4), S. 163/4 (LW A283/4)
  • Performer: Ben Schoeman (Piano)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University South Africa (12/18/2010-12/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
  • Performer: Ben Schoeman (Piano)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University South Africa (12/18/2010-12/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853