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Depictions - Piano works by Franz Liszt / Warren Mailley-Smith: piano

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1"
>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume, notturno for piano no 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/
>Liszt, Franz : Gnomenreigen, for piano (Zwei Konzertetüden no 2), S. 145/2 (LW A218/2)
>Liszt, Franz : Il Lamento, for piano in A flat major (Grandes études de concert no 1), S. 144/1 (LW A118/1)
>Liszt, Franz : Un sospiro, for piano in D flat major (Grande études de concert no 3), S. 144/3 (LW A118/3)
>Liszt, Franz : Les jeux d'eaux à la Ville d'Este, for piano (Années III/4), S. 163/4 (LW A283/4)
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434
>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
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Notes & Reviews:

This impressive solo disc of Liszt's piano music is British pianist Warren Mailley-Smith's most recent solo recording, made to celebrate the composer's bicentenary in 2011. The disc includes a well-contrasted overview of a number of Liszt's most popular and challenging works by the great Hungarian pianist and composer, including the devilish Mephisto Waltz No. 1 and the wonderfully characterized Rigoletto Paraphrase, set against works such as the Consolation No. 3 and Un Sospiro. Standout tracks include a finger-breaking rendition of the immortal Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, and a breathtaking account of the rarely performed Concert Study "Il Lamento."

BBC Music Magazine
Warren Mailley-Smith plays these well-worn Liszt favorites as if discovering their special quality for the very first time, with a beguiling, velvet-glove sonority.

Liszt Society
'Il Lamento' is probably the finest I have heard on CD in a long time...the clarity of the playing and pedalling is very evident in the sparkling trills...this pianist obviously thinks a great deal about the music he is playing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Champs Hill, Sussex (04/14/2011); Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (04/14/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (06/17/2011); Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (06/17/2011).



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1"
  • Performer: Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (04/14/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (04/14/2011); Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (06/17/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (06/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1859-1862

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume, notturno for piano no 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/
  • Performer: Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (04/14/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (04/14/2011); Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (06/17/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (06/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Liszt, Franz : Gnomenreigen, for piano (Zwei Konzertetüden no 2), S. 145/2 (LW A218/2)
  • Performer: Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (04/14/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (04/14/2011); Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (06/17/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (06/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Liszt, Franz : Il Lamento, for piano in A flat major (Grandes études de concert no 1), S. 144/1 (LW A118/1)
  • Performer: Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (04/14/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (04/14/2011); Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (06/17/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (06/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Liszt, Franz : Un sospiro, for piano in D flat major (Grande études de concert no 3), S. 144/3 (LW A118/3)
  • Performer: Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (04/14/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (04/14/2011); Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (06/17/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (06/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Liszt, Franz : Les jeux d'eaux à la Ville d'Este, for piano (Années III/4), S. 163/4 (LW A283/4)
  • Performer: Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (04/14/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (04/14/2011); Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (06/17/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (06/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 :: paraphrase de concert (after Verdi), for piano, S. 434 (LW A187)
  • Performer: Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (04/14/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (04/14/2011); Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (06/17/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (06/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
  • Performer: Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (04/14/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (04/14/2011); Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (06/17/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (06/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849-1850

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Sussex (04/14/2011); Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (04/14/2011); Champs Hill, Sussex (06/17/2011); Wyastone Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (06/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847