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Liszt: Wagner Transcriptions - Tannhauser Overture; Isoldes Liebestod / Francois Dumont, piano

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : O du mein holder Abendstern, transcription for piano (after Wagner
>Liszt, Franz : Spinnerlied from Der fliegende Holländer, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 440 (LW A204)
>Liszt, Franz : Elsas Traum und Lohengrins Verweis, transcription for piano, (after Wagner
>Liszt, Franz : Overture zu Tannhäuser, transcripion for piano (after Wagner), S. 442 (LW A146)
>Liszt, Franz : Feierlicher Marsch zum heiligen Gral aus Parsifal, for piano (after Wagner), S. 450 (LW A315)
>Liszt, Franz : Walhall aus Das Rheingold, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 449 (LW A269)
>Liszt, Franz : Elsas Brautzug zum Münster, transcription for piano (after Wagner
>Liszt, Franz : Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new Liszt recording presents a generous selection of the transcriptions that Franz Liszt made of orchestral works by Wagner. Liszt, an ardent and devoted admirer of Wagner, supported him by performing his new operas in Weimar, and by making transcriptions to further popularise the music of his idol. Liszt, the pianistic wizard, transfers the orchestral sonorities to the piano, creating a new work of art, instead of a mere piano reduction of an orchestral score. The famous Tannhäuser Overture doesn’t lose anything in grandeur and bombast on the piano, and Isolde’s Liebestod is an exquisite, moving pianistic masterwork on its own. Francois Dumont is one of the foremost pianist of the young French generation. As Laureate of the Warsaw Chopin competition he attracted international recognition. His recordings have won a Diapason d’Or and other prizes, his recording of the complete piano works by Ravel (Piano Classics PCLD0055) counts as one of the best to have appeared in recent years.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
French pianist François Dumont has the virtuosity to survive the harder pieces but more impressive is his subtle musicality in the more introverted ones. His voicing is songlike; his tone in 'Vallhall' from the Ring Cycle and 'Isolde's Liebestod' is warm and spacious. The big rolled chords in the Grail music from Parsifal sound like they are erupting from inside the instrument. That is Liszt at his most marvelously overwrought, yet the concluding bell-like passage in the treble is simplicity itself. The recording, made in the Netherlands, has depth and a realistic sense of space.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (04/25/2014/04/26/2014).



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : O du mein holder Abendstern, transcription for piano (after Wagner :: Tannhäuser), S. 444 (LW A163)
  • Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (04/25/2014/04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Liszt, Franz : Spinnerlied from Der fliegende Holländer, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 440 (LW A204)
  • Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (04/25/2014/04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860

>Liszt, Franz : Elsas Traum und Lohengrins Verweis, transcription for piano, (after Wagner :: Lohengrin), S. 446/2 (LW
  • Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (04/25/2014/04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Liszt, Franz : Overture zu Tannhäuser, transcripion for piano (after Wagner), S. 442 (LW A146)
  • Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (04/25/2014/04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Liszt, Franz : Feierlicher Marsch zum heiligen Gral aus Parsifal, for piano (after Wagner), S. 450 (LW A315)
  • Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (04/25/2014/04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1882

>Liszt, Franz : Elsas Traum und Lohengrins Verweis, transcription for piano, (after Wagner :: Lohengrin), S. 446/2 (LW
  • Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (04/25/2014/04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Liszt, Franz : Walhall aus Das Rheingold, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 449 (LW A269)
  • Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (04/25/2014/04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Liszt, Franz : Elsas Brautzug zum Münster, transcription for piano (after Wagner :: Lohengrin), S. 445/2 (LW A176/2)
  • Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (04/25/2014/04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Liszt, Franz : Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 :: Schlußszene aus Tristan und Isolde, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 4
  • Performer: Francois Dumont (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (04/25/2014/04/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867