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Liszt: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses; Scherzo and March, S.177; Méphisto-Watlz No. 1 / Sviatoslav Richter, piano

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Scherzo and March for Piano, S 177
>Liszt, Franz : Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1"
>Liszt, Franz : Ave Maria
>Liszt, Franz : Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses (10), for piano, S. 173 (LW A158)
>Liszt, Franz : Mephisto Polka for Piano, S 217
>Liszt, Franz : Nuages gris (Trübe Wolken), for piano, S. 199 (LW A305)
>Liszt, Franz : Valses Oubliées S 215
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Notes & Reviews:

With this release featuring solo piano works by Franz Liszt, Praga's Sviatoslav Richter Edition (part of the Reminiscences series of SACD reissues) reaches volume sixteen. The heart of this program is the Harmonies poétiques et religieuses. The ten works in the cycle were brought together between 1845-52, and are quite unusual in Liszt's output. Inspired by the poetry of Lamartine, these are his only piano works based on religious themes.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
This is the second recent Praga collection of Liszt by Richter. The first includes the sonata and several Transcendental Etudes (350078, Nov/Dec 2014). Our editor praised the performances. The Scherzo and March, a brutally difficult piece, is given the most frighteningly intense performance I have ever heard. This is a very strong performance. Praga's selections now change pace dramatically and move to the ethereal quiet beauty of the Ave Maria, subtitled 'The Bells of Rome'. Dynamic control and nuance at the softest levels are astonishing here (and so is the desire for the same performance well recorded). Next are three big pieces (35 minutes total) from the Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses. The well-known Funerailles is another great reading, and it is sandwiched between just as fine. Three late works, all in the antithesis of Liszt's virtuosic earlier style, conclude the program in harmonically ambiguous musical language.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Budapest (02/05/1958); Köln/Cologne (02/05/1958); Moscow (02/05/1958); Budapest (03/10/1988); Köln/Cologne (03/10/1988); Moscow (03/10/1988); Budapest (05/09/1957); Köln/Cologne (05/09/1957); Moscow (05/09/1957); Budapest (09/11/1982); Köln/Cologne (09/11/1982); Moscow (09/11/1982).



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Scherzo and March for Piano, S 177
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1851

>Liszt, Franz : Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1"
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1859-1862

>Liszt, Franz : Ave Maria :: Die Glocken von Rom, for piano, S. 182 (LW A215)
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862

>Liszt, Franz : Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses (10), for piano, S. 173 (LW A158)
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Notes: Moscow (02/05/1958); Budapest (02/05/1958); Moscow (05/09/1957); Budapest (05/09/1957); Moscow (09/11/1982); Budapest (09/11/1982)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1853

>Liszt, Franz : Mephisto Polka for Piano, S 217
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Liszt, Franz : Nuages gris (Trübe Wolken), for piano, S. 199 (LW A305)
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Liszt, Franz : Valses Oubliées S 215 :: no 2 in A flat
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1881-1885