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Verdi - Liszt: Complete Paraphrases and Free Transcriptions from Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Aida, Don Carlo, Simon Boccanegra, et al. / Rinaldo Zhok, piano

Audio Samples

>Liszt, Franz : Coro e marcia funebre from Verdi's "Don Carlos", S 435
>     Coro di festa e Marcia funebre, transcription for piano (after Verdi), S. 435 (LW A240)
>Liszt, Franz : Salve Maria de Jérusalem (I & II), transcription for piano (after Verdi, I Lombardi), S. 431 (LW A14
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434
>     paraphrase de concert (after Verdi), for piano, S. 434 (LW A187)
>Liszt, Franz : Ernani
>     paraphrase de concert (I & II), for piano (after Verdi), S. 432 (LW A203)
>     paraphrase de concert (I & II), for piano (after Verdi), S. 432 (LW A203)
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433
>Liszt, Franz : Réminiscences de Boccanegra, transcription for piano (after Verdi), S. 438 (LW A314)
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436
>     Danza sacra e duetto finale, transcription for piano (after Verdi), S. 436 (LW A276)

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Coro e marcia funebre from Verdi's "Don Carlos", S 435
>Liszt, Franz : Salve Maria de Jérusalem (I & II), transcription for piano (after Verdi, I Lombardi), S. 431 (LW A14
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434
>Liszt, Franz : Ernani
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433
>Liszt, Franz : Réminiscences de Boccanegra, transcription for piano (after Verdi), S. 438 (LW A314)
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Rinaldo Zhok dedicates a disc honoring Verdi's bicentenary with Liszt's complete operatic transcriptions and paraphrases, which he brings together for the first time on CD in their entirety. Building on from Liszt adaptations, Rinaldo highlights what one might define the Verdian spirituality, projects the dramatic force of the personages of the arias, and creates a theater without words and without images, suggested only by the sounds of the piano. The resulting exchange is quite wonderful: Liszt giving Verdi his hands, Verdi giving Liszt his voice.

Rinaldo Zhok was born in Trieste in 1980, and received his first piano lessons from his mother at the age of seven.

He has held concerts in Italy, Austria, France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Poland, Slovenia and Hungary as a soloist, chamber musician, and performing with orchestras, always to great critical acclaim. In 2012 he had more than twenty concerts in Spain alone, and others in Norway and Italy. For his great experience with chamber and vocal music, he is considered one of the most eclectic and complete pianists of his generation by the critics.

He has won prizes as soloist: "F. Mendelssohn" International Competition for young pianists Munich 2003, Halina Czerny-Stefanska in memoriam International Piano Competition Poznan 2008, International Piano Competition "Performance without limits" Lodz 2013.

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Of fundamental importance is the approach with which Rinaldo Zhok tackles this impressive recording: on the one hand his clear intent to merge the Lisztian virtuosity and rhetoric with the noble and fiery Verdian song; on the other, to bring the score, with a few wise and tasteful slight modifications, towards Verdi's original, so as not to let the listener forget the vibrant atmosphere of the theater from which it is born.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Odradek (09/15/2013-09/19/2013).



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>Liszt, Franz : Coro e marcia funebre from Verdi's "Don Carlos", S 435 :: Coro di festa e Marcia funebre, transcription for piano (after Verdi), S. 435 (LW A240)
  • Performer: Rinaldo Zhok (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Odradek (09/15/2013-09/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Liszt, Franz : Salve Maria de Jérusalem (I & II), transcription for piano (after Verdi, I Lombardi), S. 431 (LW A14
  • Performer: Rinaldo Zhok (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Odradek (09/15/2013-09/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1883

>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 :: paraphrase de concert (after Verdi), for piano, S. 434 (LW A187)
  • Performer: Rinaldo Zhok (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Odradek (09/15/2013-09/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Liszt, Franz : Ernani :: paraphrase de concert (I & II), for piano (after Verdi), S. 432 (LW A203)
  • Performer: Rinaldo Zhok (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Odradek (09/15/2013-09/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847-1849

>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433
  • Performer: Rinaldo Zhok (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Odradek (09/15/2013-09/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Liszt, Franz : Ernani :: paraphrase de concert (I & II), for piano (after Verdi), S. 432 (LW A203)
  • Performer: Rinaldo Zhok (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Odradek (09/15/2013-09/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847-1849

>Liszt, Franz : Réminiscences de Boccanegra, transcription for piano (after Verdi), S. 438 (LW A314)
  • Performer: Rinaldo Zhok (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Odradek (09/15/2013-09/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436 :: Danza sacra e duetto finale, transcription for piano (after Verdi), S. 436 (LW A276)
  • Performer: Rinaldo Zhok (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Odradek (09/15/2013-09/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878