The Liszt Concertos / Daniel Barenboim, piano; Pierre Boulez

Audio Samples

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliees (4) for Piano, S 215

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliees (4) for Piano, S 215
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Notes & Reviews:

Mr. Barenboim and Mr. Boulez celebrate Liszt's 200th birthday with gripping readings of the Concertos no. 1 in E flat major and no. 2 in A major. A debut for both artists!

"Barenboim's performances of the two Liszt concertos were truly miraculous. They revealed the shallowness of so many performances of these pieces, which make virtuosity merely a matter of speed and dexterity. Liszt once said that though younger pianists may have had a better technique than him, he was the better pianist because he had more personality. And here it was precisely the immense personality of Barenboim's performances which was so captivating." - The Telegraph

"The pairing of the cool Boulez with the more expressive Barenboim might seem a mismatch of styles; but with Boulez wielding the baton over Barenboim's Staatskapelle Berlin as the pianist tackles these two pillars of Liszt's musical temple, a magical balance is achieved that allows the music's character to surge forth with no recourse to the easy victories of cliché." -The Independent

Gramophone Magazine
Blessed with an awe-inspiring partnership with Boulez, Barenboim reaches out to a symphonic granduer and musical range undreamt of by lesser musicians. Time and again he shines a wholly personal light on music that has all too often encourages (notably on the competition circuit) a facile alternative to quality... he makes Liszt's musical possibilities stretch far into the horizon.

The Times
It's easy to garland these virtuoso concertos with tinsel and vulgarise the emotions. Barenboim, with Boulez's assistance, will have none of it. He phrases his fingerings with lyrical finesse, while Boulez's passion for clarity reaps large rewards in the play of colours and instrumental balance. Like restored paintings with the nasty varnish removed, the concertos emerge reborn, and newly powerful.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Alfred Krupp Saal der Philharmonie Essen (06/2011).



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
  • Running Time: 12 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1839

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
  • Running Time: 18 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1835-1856

>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849-1850

>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1881