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Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol 3 / Noseda, et al

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Mazeppa, S 100
>Liszt, Franz : Heroide funebre (I & II), symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 102 (LW G4)
>Liszt, Franz : Prometheus, S 99
>Liszt, Franz : Festklange (I & II), symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 101, (LW G10)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Again, it is possible to see in all these works Liszt's lifelong preoccupation with the triumph of good over evil and, more personally, the recognition due to him long after his death...[The BBC Philharmonic] achieves a special sense of exultance rather than bombast in Festklange, written to celebrate Liszt's planned marriage to the Princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein. And they are no less successful in the vast spans of the Heroide Funebre, a still desolating tribute to those who suffered "throughout the whole spectrum of human carnage" (Liszt). Fluent and eloquent as ever, Noseda and his orchestra have once more been superbly recorded." -Gramophone

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
No one could accuse Liszt of a lack of largesse.

Here, once more, is one dramatic gesture after another to startle and provoke Liszt's contemporaries who, indifferent to such generosity, quibbled over the length of the massive Héroïdefunèbre and dismissed Mazeppa as vulgar and meretricious. Again, it is possible to see in all these works Liszt's lifelong preoccupation with the triumph of good over evil and, more personally, the recognition due to him long after his death. True, there are times when his reliance on sequence and chromaticism to intensify his themes can seem like so much padding and it says much for the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda that they once more temper drama with discretion.

They achieve a special sense of exultance rather than bombast in Festklänge, written to celebrate Liszt's planned marriage to the Princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein. And they are no less successful in the vast spans of the Héroïdefunèbre, a still desolating tribute to those who suffered 'throughout the whole spectrum of human carnage' (Liszt). Fluent and eloquent as ever, Noseda and his orchestra have once more been superbly recorded.



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Mazeppa, S 100
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/12/2006/12/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1851-1854

>Liszt, Franz : Héroïde funèbre (I & II), symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 102 (LW G4)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/12/2006/12/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Liszt, Franz : Prometheus, S 99
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/12/2006/12/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1850-1855

>Liszt, Franz : Festklänge (I & II), symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 101, (LW G10)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/12/2006/12/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1853