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Franz Liszt: Works for Two Pianos - Concerto pathétique; Réminiscences de Norma; Réminiscences de Norma; Réminiscences de Don Juan et al. / Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Grosse Konzertstück über Themen aus Mendelssohns Lieder ohne worte, for 2 pianos, S. 257 (LW C1)
>Liszt, Franz : Réminiscences de Norma, for 2 pianos (after Bellini), S. 655 (LW C3)
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto pathétique (I & II), for 2 pianos, S. 258 (LW C18)
>Liszt, Franz : Réminiscences de Don Juan, for 2 pianos (after Mozart
>Liszt, Franz : Grandes Variations de concert sur un thème des Puritains tirée du Hexaméron, for 2 pianos, S. 654/2
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Notes & Reviews:

Even before meeting they were dedicating hours of practice to Liszt's Mephisto Waltzes. An international solo piano competition was coming up, and the two young pianists were scheduled to vie against each other with this work. Twenty-five years and dozens of successful competitions later, the same two pianists sat down opposite each other at two grand pianos to perform not as rivals but as a renowned duo. "We have decided to dedicate this CD recording to Franz Liszt's original works for two pianos and to his versions of his own solo piano compositions for two pianos" (Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo).

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
The duo's programme makes us, not for the first time, gawp in wonderment at Liszt's industry.

Sunday Times, 5th April 2015
Exhilaratingly played...The beautiful Concerto pathTtique adapts a solo that was considered unplayably difficult, but sounds a breeze here.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The Don Giovanni and Norma performances are duplicated I now consider both this and my long-time favorite, the Contiguglia brothers, essential for four-handed Liszt. And I would love to see Genova & Dimitrov follow up with piano duet (at one piano) arrangements - some of those are quite spectacular and stretch the medium far beyond its norm for the time period.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden, SWR (12/16/2013-12/19/2013).



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>Liszt, Franz : Grosse Konzertstück über Themen aus Mendelssohns Lieder ohne worte, for 2 pianos, S. 257 (LW C1)
  • Performers: Liuben Dimitrov (Piano); Aglika Genova (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden, SWR (12/16/2013-12/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834

>Liszt, Franz : Réminiscences de Norma, for 2 pianos (after Bellini), S. 655 (LW C3)
  • Performers: Liuben Dimitrov (Piano); Aglika Genova (Piano)
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden, SWR (12/16/2013-12/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: after 1841

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto pathétique (I & II), for 2 pianos, S. 258 (LW C18)
  • Performers: Liuben Dimitrov (Piano); Aglika Genova (Piano)
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden, SWR (12/16/2013-12/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1855

>Liszt, Franz : Réminiscences de Don Juan, for 2 pianos (after Mozart :: Don Giovanni), S. 656 (LW C26)
  • Performers: Liuben Dimitrov (Piano); Aglika Genova (Piano)
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden, SWR (12/16/2013-12/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: after 1843

>Liszt, Franz : Grandes Variations de concert sur un thème des Puritains tirée du Hexaméron, for 2 pianos, S. 654/2
  • Performers: Liuben Dimitrov (Piano); Aglika Genova (Piano)
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden, SWR (12/16/2013-12/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1870