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Lizst: The Complete Anneés de Pelerinage / Lortie

Audio Samples

>Liszt, Franz : Album d'un voyageur, S 156
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
>Liszt, Franz : Venezia e Napoli, S 162

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Album d'un voyageur, S 156
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
>Liszt, Franz : Venezia e Napoli, S 162
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Virtuoso pianist Louis Lortie performs all three "Years" of Liszt's Années de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage), a work rarely recorded in its entirety. The first Year was inspired by Liszt's travels in Switzerland, the second, by his visits to Italy. The final Year was written much later, when Liszt was in his sixties, and at a time when both the man and the style of his music had undergone a vast change. The pieces show far more simplicity in the treatment of the musical components and often convey a mood of despair and stark austerity. From the outset, Liszt knew that his Années de Pèlerinage was unlikely to appeal to the masses. In his own words, the work was "written for the few rather than the many - not ambitious of success, but of the approval of that minority which conceives art as having other uses than the beguiling of idle hours, and asks more from it than the futile distraction of a passing entertainment." Louis Lortie has made more than thirty recordings for Chandos, covering a repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky. His recording of Beethoven's Eroica Variations won an Edison Award; his disc of works by Schumann and Brahms was judged one of the best CDs of the year by BBC Music, and his interpretations of Liszt's complete works for piano and orchestra and of Beethoven's complete piano sonatas were both selected as Editor's Choice in Gramophone.

"Complete - and completely successful - traversals of Années de pèlerinage are relatively thin on the ground, This is one of them. Usually one or two pieces fall by the wayside but Lortie maintains a consistent level of excellence in performances that transcend the sterile surrounds of the studio." -Classic FM Magazine *****

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/08/2010-11/10/2010).



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>Liszt, Franz : Album d'un voyageur, S 156
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/08/2010-11/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1855

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/08/2010-11/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1861

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/08/2010-11/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877-1882

>Liszt, Franz : Venezia e Napoli, S 162
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/08/2010-11/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859