Liszt: The Piano Concertos / Barenboim, Boulez, Staatskapelle Berlin [DVD]

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215
>Wagner, Richard : Faust Overture
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried Idyll
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

For the very first time Daniel Barenboim tackled Franz Liszt's two highly virtuosic piano concertos in a single concert. With Pierre Boulez, his friend and esteemed colleague of many years, conducting Barenboim’s own orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, they were showered with praise on their tour across Europe. For both musicians, Liszt was one of the most important pioneers of modern music, as composer, conductor and pianist. He influenced revolutionary contemporaries such as Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner. Two examples of the latter's magnificent orchestral work round off this concert programme celebrating Liszt’s bicentenary.

"To see Daniel Barenboim on the Festival Hall stage is rare enough. To see him alongside Pierre Boulez (who was on hand to conduct Barenboim’s own orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin) seemed a real miracle, like catching two stars in a rare celestial conjunction... this was really Barenboim’s evening. And with good reason, because his performances of the two Liszt concertos were truly miraculous. They revealed the shallowness of so many performances of these pieces, which make virtuosity merely a matter of speed and dexterity. Liszt once said that though younger pianists may have had a better technique than him, he was the better pianist because he had more personality. And here it was precisely the immense personality of Barenboim’s performances which was so captivating. The opening of the second concerto is child’s play, technically speaking, yet how eloquent Barenboim made those gently curving arpeggios, suggesting pride, nostalgia and tenderness all at once... it’s part of Barenboim’s magic that he knows exactly when “normal” virtuosity – ie the exciting, risky sort – has to take over. No wonder the audience went into delirium at the end. They knew they’d witnessed something utterly extraordinary." -The Telegraph

BBC Music Magazine
Barenboim's approach to both concertos deals in the monumental rather than in quicksilver Romantic scintillation. The Second Concerto's broader idiom duly comes off best, with moments of impressive power...The DVD visuals are straight and impressive...But some nice moments are caught too - the fleeting half-smiles that the players can't keep from their faces during the unfolding loveliness of the Siegfried Idyll...

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 90 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1



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>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1835-1856

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1839

>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172 :: no 3
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849-1850

>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215 :: no 1
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1881-1885

>Wagner, Richard : Faust Overture
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1840-1844

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried Idyll
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1870