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Franz Liszt Transcriptions: Dupré, Weiner, Bischof / Christian Schmitt, organ

> Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by G. Meyerbeer, S259/R380 (arr. M. Dupre for organ and orchestra) - Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by G. Meyerbeer, S259/R380 (arr. M. Dupre for organ and orchestra)
> Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (arr. L. Weiner) - J.S. Bach - Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, Praludium, S179/R23 (arr. L. Weiner for orchestra)
> Orpheus, S98/R415 (arr. for organ) - Orpheus, S98/R415 (version for organ)
> Prelude and Fugue on the name B-A-C-H, S260/R381 (arr. R. Bischof for orchestra) - Prelude and Fugue on the name B-A-C-H, S260/R381 (arr. R. Bischof for orchestra)

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Fantasia & Fuge uber den Choral "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam", for piano, 4 hands, S. 624 (LW B8)
>Liszt, Franz : Prelude "Weinen, Klagen..." (JS Bach) for Piano, S 179
>Liszt, Franz : Orpheus for Piano, S 511b
>Liszt, Franz : Präludium und Fugue über B-A-C-H
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Franz Liszt was one of the most dazzling and influential musical personalities of the 19th century. He repeatedly set out on new paths and engaged in a permanent quest for new expressive opportunities. His Weimar period (from 1843) was distinguished not only by a surprising turn to religion but also by a fascination for the organ. Organ music may not play a major role in Liszt's oeuvre, but Martin Haselboeck's edition of his organ works fills a good six volumes. On this recording featuring highly appealing arrangements of works by Liszt for organ and orchestra, Haselboeck is the conductor and Christian Schmitt is the organist - this year's Echo prizewinner for his Widor symphonies on cpo! The program includes Liszt's own arrangements of his symphonic poem Orpheus for organ solo. Later, Marcel Dupre arranged Liszt's grand Organ Fantasy and Fugue on Ad nos, ad salutarem undam for organ and orchestra, while Leó Weiner and Rainer Bischof went on to transform organ works into purely orchestral arrangements. High suspense is in store on this CD in the form of the dialogue carried on here between Liszt and these three arrangers, all of them important composers in their own right. Liszt's modernity is rendered even more palpable and audible when his music ventures into the orchestral sphere.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
Liszt the great transcriber is mainly transcribed by others in this fascinating collection. Bischof's near-Schoenbergian orchestration of the Prelude and Fugue on BACH is the highlight.

MusicWeb International, 7th January 2014
This programme introduces work done on the music of Liszt by other composers, and is the tip of a rather substantial iceberg when it comes to the influential effect Liszt has had on music...All in all this is a disc to intrigue and invite further exploration rather than one which will blow your socks off into a new dimension.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2014
If you had never heard Liszt's original, you would think this was it, for Ad nos seems tailor-made for Dupre's resourceful orchestration...There is one moment - I shan't spoil it for you - which will make you jump out of your skin...A super disc.



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Fantasia & Fuge über den Choral "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam", for piano, 4 hands, S. 624 (LW B8)
  • Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Haselböck
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern
  • Notes: Philharmonie Luxembourg (01/06/2012-01/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Liszt, Franz : Prelude "Weinen, Klagen..." (JS Bach) for Piano, S 179
  • Conductor: Martin Haselböck
  • Notes: Emmerich-Smola-Saal, SWR Studio Kaiserslautern (01/10/2012-01/12/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Liszt, Franz : Orpheus for Piano, S 511b
  • Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Notes: Philharmonie Luxembourg (01/06/2012-01/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: after 1860

>Liszt, Franz : Präludium und Fugue über B-A-C-H
  • Conductor: Martin Haselböck
  • Notes: Emmerich-Smola-Saal, SWR Studio Kaiserslautern (01/10/2012-01/12/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1855