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Franz Liszt / Krystian Zimerman

Audio Samples

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz for Piano, S 525
>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
>Liszt, Franz : Nuages gris (Grey clouds)
>Liszt, Franz : La notte, for piano (Odes funebres no 2), S. 516a (LW A202/2)
>Liszt, Franz : La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (2nd version)
>Liszt, Franz : Funerailles

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz for Piano, S 525
>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
>Liszt, Franz : Nuages gris (Grey clouds)
>Liszt, Franz : La notte, for piano (Odes funebres no 2), S. 516a (LW A202/2)
>Liszt, Franz : La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (2nd version)
>Liszt, Franz : Funerailles
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Krystian Zimerman made two Liszt discs for Deutsche Grammophon in 1987 and 1990 respectively: one of the two Piano Concertos and Totentanz, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, the other of solo piano music, comprising Liszt's masterwork, the B minor Sonata,and a selection of late piano works - spooky, often unnerving pieces, like Nuages gris and La lugubre gondola II.

Both are generally regarded as benchmark recordings, and have consistently been in the catalogue for over 20 years. On the Concertos disc, The Penguin Guide wrote: "It has poise and classicism and, as one listens, one feels that this music could not be played in any other way", with Boston and Ozawa offering "excellent support". Krystian Zimerman, as ever, plays a "superb" instrument (Gramophone) - prepared personally by the artist.

Now, as part of our celebration of the Liszt 200 anniversary, we are offering both as a handy twofer, with new cover art (photo by star Japanese photographer Akira Kinoshita), original liner notes in English, German and French, and additional photos in the booklet. The cover design is by Claudia Zimerman, the pianist's graphic-designer daughter.

BBC Music Magazine
Coinciding with the death of his mother and the birth of his daughter, these recordings were intensely personal for Zimerman. The Concertos are scintillating, the Sonata Olympian.



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1835-1856

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1839

>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz for Piano, S 525
  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847-1862

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853

>Liszt, Franz : Nuages gris (Grey clouds)
  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Liszt, Franz : La notte, for piano (Odes funèbres no 2), S. 516a (LW A202/2)
  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1864-1866

>Liszt, Franz : La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (2nd version)
  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Liszt, Franz : Funerailles
  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849