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Franz Liszt: Années de pèlerinage - Italie; Deux Légendes / Wilhelm Kempff, piano

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, 2nd Year ("Italie"), suite for piano, S. 161 (LW A55)
>Liszt, Franz : Gondoliera, for piano (Années, suppl. to II/1), S. 162/1 (LW A197/1)
>Liszt, Franz : Légendes (2), for piano, S.175 (LW A219)
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Notes & Reviews:

Franz Liszt's Années de Pèlerinage and Déux Legendes rank among his most important and lasting works. Pianist Wilhelm Kempff (1895-1991), a major figure among 20th c. German pianists, originally recorded these Lisztian jewels for Deutsche Grammophon in the post-war years of the 1950s-'70s. Referring specifically to Kempff's non-bombastic Liszt, legendary pianist Alfred Brendel called them "the greatest we have". In Kempff's hands, the pieces do indeed turn into a "pilgrimage" as the two Franciscan pieces integrate seamlessly into the journey.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Here are some of the nicest pieces Liszt wrote. They are lyrical and beautiful. And they are played here by the perfect pianist for lyicism and beauty, Wilhelm Kempff. DG recorded this in Hanover in 1974 in four-channel sound, and Pentatone has reissued it in SACD, bringing out all its nuances. The seven pieces are 'Sposalizio', 'Il Penseroso', 'Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa', 'Gondoliera', and the three Petrarch Sonnets. The two St Francis Legends are 'St Francis of Assisi Preaching to the Birds' and 'St Francis of Paola Walking on the Water'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Beethoven-Saal in Hannover, Germany (09/1974).



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>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, 2nd Year ("Italie"), suite for piano, S. 161 (LW A55)
  • Performer: Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1861

>Liszt, Franz : Gondoliera, for piano (Années, suppl. to II/1), S. 162/1 (LW A197/1)
  • Performer: Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Liszt, Franz : Légendes (2), for piano, S.175 (LW A219)
  • Performer: Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1863