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Barenboim Plays and Conducts Liszt

Audio Samples

>Liszt, Franz : Faust Symphony, S 108
>Liszt, Franz : Introduction, Fugue and Magnificat from "Dante Symphony"
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Liszt, Franz : Annees de pelerinage, deuxieme annee, S 161 "Italie"
>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434
>     paraphrase de concert (after Verdi), for piano, S. 434 (LW A187)
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436
>     Danza sacra e duetto finale, transcription for piano (after Verdi), S. 436 (LW A276)

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Faust Symphony, S 108
>Liszt, Franz : Introduction, Fugue and Magnificat from "Dante Symphony"
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Liszt, Franz : Annees de pelerinage, deuxieme annee, S 161 "Italie"
>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436
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Notes & Reviews:

Legendary Daniel Barenboim joins the Berliner Philharmoniker to bring to audiences a 3 CD box set devoted to the works of three major composers: Beethoven, Bruckner and Brahms. Author, pianist, conductor and political activist, Daniel Barenboim continues to inspire and impress with his most recent release.

"For the 2011 Liszt anniversary year, Warner issued this three-disc set of Daniel Barenboim conducting and playing a few of the composer's works. The two common themes running through the set are storytelling and Liszt's penchant for ostentation... The drama isn't limited to those literature-based compositions; there are plenty of theatrics in the famous Sonata in B minor, which Barenboim plays brilliantly. Filling out the set are three piano paraphrases on Verdi opera themes and the ever-popular Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 for orchestra... The set will not give anyone a well-rounded picture of Liszt the composer, nor does it cover all of the Liszt Barenboim has recorded, but it does cover some of the highlights for both the composer and performer." -All Music Guide



Reviews

Barenboim, Piano and Podium
There are more intense, dramatic versions of both the Faust and Dante Symphonies to be had. Beecham, Bernstein and Masur come to mind, all of whom project the greatest affinity for Liszt’s radical vision. Nevertheless, these performances conducted by Barenboim hold their own. They are well played by the Berlin Philharmonic and very well recorded. Domingo’s singing in the Andante mistico from the conclusion of the Faust Symphony is likewise an asset. These live recordings were originally issued by Teldec in the 1990’s. A somewhat freewheeling Hungarian Rhapsody #2 probably worked better if you were at the concert. The Dante Sonata was originally paired with the Dante Symphony. Barenboim’s Sonata in B minor and 3 Verdi Paraphrases are nicely executed and recorded, a vivid reminder that Barenboim was and remains an excellent pianist. They are drawn from a 1985 Erato disc. All in all, a good, if not spectacular collection, attractively priced. One disappointment: the liner notes offer little more than track information and recording details. Liszt deserves much better.
Submitted on 08/09/11 by conway 
Liszt favorites defined by Barenboim for World Liszt Day 10/22/11
The celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt is shared by performers, audiences, universities, societies, and cities during 2011. The Daniel Barenboim recordings from 1982 through 1998 now become a part of this exuberance, spotlighting the phenomenal skill and enduring popularity of this excellent musician. These fantasies and sonatas on Faust and Dante are rich selections from Liszt’s prodigious output on subjects which were very popular with concert-going patrons in the 19th century. Those audiences were familiar with the works and the stories which inspired numerous composers of the period.


This is a 3 CD set in cardboard; the discs are difficult to read with white print on pale green background. Even the pictures on the cover are used on other Barenboim releases. While any student can dig for online information, the accompanying booklet should be a valuable introduction and indoctrination, beckoning the listener toward appreciation of this venue. The booklet lists the compositions and artists, but includes no discussion to help the new listener or student with insight into the pieces. Unfortunately, the tracks are not labeled on the playlist.
The first CD is comprised of a Faust-Symphonie in character sketches featuring the incomparable Plácido Domingo and the Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin. The Goethe work inspired numerous artists and audiences of that period. The Berlin Philharmonic is unquestionably the epitome of excellence in this performance.
Next the Dante Symphony on the Divine Comedy presents the Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra performing the Inferno, Purgatorio, and a Magnificat using the ethereal voices of the Damenchor des Fundfunkchors Berlin. Liszt’s music is especially appealing to those preferring the long build-up in the style of Wagner. The student is encouraged to explore the connection between these two composers, and the stories surrounding Liszt’s inspiration. The Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, best-known of the Rhapsodies, features a very talented clarinetist, but commences with a dragging Lento. The placement of the microphone hampers the listening experience which would not be noticed in concert. The capriccio makes up for lost time by racing through to the can-can.


CD3 includes the Dante Sonata from 1849, quite different from the Symphony in CD2. This was written after Liszt heard a lecture on The Divine Comedy. Next the Sonata in b minor begins ominously, perhaps inviting the listener to a fantasy Halloween mystery tale. However, the mystery resolves to a moving, lyrical meditation before finally fading away. Paraphrases on compositions by Verdi conclude this portion of the performance.


Liszt-mania prevails this year, culminating with world-wide celebrations on October 22, 2011. Hundreds of recordings and performances will be compared to the skill and professionalism of Daniel Barenboim in these definitive renditions of Liszt favorites. Mr. Barenboim has set and still maintains a standard by which other performers are measured.

Submitted on 10/19/11 by howsweetthesound 
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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Faust Symphony, S 108
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Running Time: 71 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1854-1857

>Liszt, Franz : Introduction, Fugue and Magnificat from "Dante Symphony"
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Running Time: 42 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1855-1856
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853

>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 :: paraphrase de concert (after Verdi), for piano, S. 434 (LW A187)
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436 :: Danza sacra e duetto finale, transcription for piano (after Verdi), S. 436 (LW A276)
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878