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Wagner Without Words' - transcriptions for piano / Llyr Williams, piano

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Einzug der Gäste auf der Wartburg, transcription for 2 pianos (after Wagner
>Wagner, Richard : Fantasia for piano in F sharp minor, WWV 22 (Op. 3)
>Liszt, Franz : Spinnerlied from Der fliegende Holländer, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 440 (LW A204)
>Wagner, Richard : Albumblatt für Ernst Bendikt Kietz, for piano in E major (Song Without Words), WWV 64
>Liszt, Franz : Elsas Brautzug zum Münster, transcription for piano (after Wagner
>Wagner, Richard : Züricher Vielliebchen-Walzer, for piano in E flat major, WWV 88
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>Liszt, Franz : Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447
>Williams, Llyr : Scenes from Wagner's Parsifal, transcriptions (3) for piano
>Wagner, Richard : Albumblatt (In das Album Fürstin Metternich), for piano in C major, WWV 94
>Liszt, Franz : Phantasiestück über Motive aus Rienzi, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 439 (LW A200)
>Wagner, Richard : Sonata for Piano in A flat major (for M. Wesendonck), WWV 85
>Liszt, Franz : Walhall aus Das Rheingold, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 449 (LW A269)
>Wagner, Richard : Albumblatt für Frau Betty Schott, for piano in E flat major, WWV 108
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Pianist Llyr Williams explores Wagner's rich and evocative sound-world from a different perspective. Featuring insightful arrangements of Richard Wagner's operas by Franz Liszt and Glenn Gould (as well as Williams' own arrangement of music from Parsifal), at the centre of the program is a selection of Wagner's own piano pieces - many of which were written earlier in his compositional career, hinting at the grand operatic masterworks which were yet to come

The Guardian, 20th August 2014
It's a totally convincing collection, and technically superb; Williams is equal to the toughest challenges that Liszt presents, but always puts Wagner first...everything has a sense of dramatic purpose, as well as power and tonal beauty; the colours Williams creates from the keyboard in Siegfried's Rhine Journey and the Parsifal suite are radiant and entrancing.

Sunday Times, 19th October 2014
The Welsh virtuoso's idea of juxtaposing a selection of Wagner's uneven piano works with transcriptions is pianophile catnip...Williams's reduction of Glenn Gould's four-hand Meistersinger Overture and his own Parsifal arrangements are highlights. An uplifting disc.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
It makes for a varied and rewarding programme enriched by Williams's velvet touch, meticulous voicing, attention to detail and judiciously graded dynamics. For me, he is at his best in the music from Parsifal.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Williams performs with loving care and respect for the music. His articulation is precise, and he avoids pushing the pedal and the volume too much in an effort to emulate the sound of a full symphony orchestra. He does well at realizing this music in pianistic terms. It is surprising how well the music speaks and how effective it sounds here. He avoids relying too much on tremolos, and he never pounds in order to achieve volume. The notes discuss each of the transcriptions, and Williams has even contributed an artist's note of some interest.

International Piano, March/April 2015
Beautifully idiomatic playing... Highly recommended.

Wagner Journal, June 2015
This set can be heartily recommended for its combination of contents, and there can be no question that it marks a labour of love, and a journey of discovery and creativity, for the pianist. Those who appreciate a carefully considered approach to Wagner's music may well enjoy Williams's unfailing musicality.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014).



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>Liszt, Franz : Einzug der Gäste auf der Wartburg, transcription for 2 pianos (after Wagner :: Tannhäuser), S. 445/1a
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Wagner, Richard : Fantasia for piano in F sharp minor, WWV 22 (Op. 3)
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Liszt, Franz : Spinnerlied from Der fliegende Holländer, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 440 (LW A204)
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860

>Wagner, Richard : Albumblatt für Ernst Bendikt Kietz, for piano in E major (Song Without Words), WWV 64
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Liszt, Franz : Elsas Brautzug zum Münster, transcription for piano (after Wagner :: Lohengrin), S. 445/2 (LW A176/2)
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Wagner, Richard : Züricher Vielliebchen-Walzer, for piano in E flat major, WWV 88
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1854

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Siegfried's Rhine-Journey
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Liszt, Franz : Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 :: Schluászene aus Tristan und Isolde, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 4
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867

>Williams, Llyr : Scenes from Wagner's Parsifal, transcriptions (3) for piano
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wagner, Richard : Albumblatt (In das Album Fürstin Metternich), for piano in C major, WWV 94
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Liszt, Franz : Phantasiestück über Motive aus Rienzi, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 439 (LW A200)
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Wagner, Richard : Sonata for Piano in A flat major (for M. Wesendonck), WWV 85
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1853

>Liszt, Franz : Walhall aus Das Rheingold, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 449 (LW A269)
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Wagner, Richard : Albumblatt für Frau Betty Schott, for piano in E flat major, WWV 108
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Prelude
  • Performer: Llyr Williams (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (02/04/2014-02/06/2014); Wyastone Recording Studio, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/15/2014-03/16/2014); Benjamin Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (03/15/2014-03/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1867