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Liszt: Wild & Crazy, various artists

Audio Samples

>Liszt, Franz : Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1"
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
>Liszt, Franz : Funerailles
>Liszt, Franz : Soirée de Vienne 6 (after Schubert)
>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz for Piano, S 525
>Liszt, Franz : Wedding March and Dance of the Elves from Mendelssohn's "A Midsummernight's Dream", S 410
>     Midsummer Night's Dr
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, S 123
>Liszt, Franz : Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 2
>Liszt, Franz : Grand Bravura Fantasia on Paganini's "La Campanella", S 420
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434
>     paraphrase de concert (after Verdi), for piano, S. 434 (LW A187)
>Liszt, Franz : Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145
>Liszt, Franz : Feux-follets (Transcendental Etude no 5)
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
>Liszt, Franz : Wilde Jagd, etude for piano in C minor (Transcendental Etude no 8), S. 139/8 (LW A172/8)
>Liszt, Franz : Nuages gris (Grey clouds)
>Liszt, Franz : La Lugubre gondola I, for piano (in 6/8), S. 200/1 (LW A319a)
>Liszt, Franz : Fantasia on 2 themes from Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," S 697
>Liszt, Franz : Consolation, for piano no 1 in E major "Andante con moto", S. 172/1 (LW A111a/2/1)

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1"
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
>Liszt, Franz : Funerailles
>Liszt, Franz : Soirée de Vienne 6 (after Schubert)
>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz for Piano, S 525
>Liszt, Franz : Wedding March and Dance of the Elves from Mendelssohn's "A Midsummernight's Dream", S 410
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, S 123
>Liszt, Franz : Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 2
>Liszt, Franz : Grand Bravura Fantasia on Paganini's "La Campanella", S 420
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434
>Liszt, Franz : Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145
>Liszt, Franz : Feux-follets (Transcendental Etude no 5)
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
>Liszt, Franz : Wilde Jagd, etude for piano in C minor (Transcendental Etude no 8), S. 139/8 (LW A172/8)
>Liszt, Franz : Nuages gris (Grey clouds)
>Liszt, Franz : La Lugubre gondola I, for piano (in 6/8), S. 200/1 (LW A319a)
>Liszt, Franz : Fantasia on 2 themes from Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," S 697
>Liszt, Franz : Consolation, for piano no 1 in E major "Andante con moto", S. 172/1 (LW A111a/2/1)
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Notes & Reviews:

From the first strumming chords of the First Mephisto Waltz to the spooky harmonies of La lugubre gondola and the obsessive threnody of Totentanz, a master of the instrument stands before us in all his glory. Featured are such names as Géza Anda, Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Jorge Bolet, Shura Cherkassky, Vladimir Horowitz, Zoltán Kocsis, Lang Lang, Alice Sara Ott, Mikhail Pletnev, Sviatoslav Richter and Yundi Li. Rarities include four first releases on CD by Jean-Rodolfe Kars and Egon Petri - the latter aMasters of the Old School, with two incomparable performances of transcriptions (of Mozart's Figaro and Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream), guaranteed to bring the house down.

All Music Guide - V. Vasan
The title of this album, one might argue, could easily describe Liszt's life. Fortunately for listeners, Liszt channeled his fervor and energy into composing virtuosic music for the piano. This double CD album features an all-star cast of some of the world's greatest pianists. Asking someone to choose the best pieces on the album is like asking someone to choose his or her favorite child or candy; however, there are a number of pieces that especially stand out on this overall wonderful array of compositions. The dark bass begins Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 with great majesty, and one can sense that Lang Lang is playing the piano with his whole body. His youthful energy makes the piece sparkle, makes the passages chase one another. Martha Argerich's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 lilts and waltzes; one wants to dance and pause with her perfect rubatos. The all-too-familiar Mendelssohn wedding march is performed here as most people have never heard it done before: Liszt has taken the composition and made it his own, just as Egon Petri has made the piece his own. Petri returns on another Liszt paraphrase, the brilliant Fantasy on Themes from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. Rather than plowing through the entire opera, Liszt chose two arias to draw upon, "Non piu andrai" and "Voi che sapete." How the composer takes so little music and fleshes it out is simply genius, and Petri is attuned to each nuance that Liszt desires. Another opera-inspired work, the Concert Paraphrase on Verdi's Rigoletto is absolutely heartbreaking because of its deep, tender emotions it evokes in the listener, thanks to Daniel Barenboim. Violinists will recognize "La campanella," originally composed by Paganini, and played beautifully here by Yundi Li. Certainly, there are other wonderful musical moments courtesy of Vladimir Horowitz, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Herbert von Karajan. Liszt would be proud.



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1"
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1859-1862

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
  • Performer: Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1840

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Liszt, Franz : Funerailles
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849

>Liszt, Franz : Soirée de Vienne 6 (after Schubert)
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1852
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz for Piano, S 525
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Running Time: 15 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847-1862

>Liszt, Franz : Wedding March and Dance of the Elves from Mendelssohn's "A Midsummernight's Dream", S 410 :: Midsummer Night's Dr
  • Performer: Egon Petri (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1849-1851

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, S 123
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 15 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1852

>Liszt, Franz : Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 2
  • Performer: Yundi Li (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Liszt, Franz : Grand Bravura Fantasia on Paganini's "La Campanella", S 420
  • Performer: Yundi Li (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>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. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Liszt, Franz : Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145
  • Performer: Géza Anda (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Liszt, Franz : Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Liszt, Franz : Feux-follets (Transcendental Etude no 5)
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
  • Performer: Zoltan Kocsis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Liszt, Franz : Wilde Jagd, etude for piano in C minor (Transcendental Etude no 8), S. 139/8 (LW A172/8)
  • Performer: Alice Ott (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Liszt, Franz : Nuages gris (Grey clouds)
  • Performer: Jean-Rodolphe Kars (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Liszt, Franz : La Lugubre gondola I, for piano (in 6/8), S. 200/1 (LW A319a)
  • Performer: Jean-Rodolphe Kars (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Liszt, Franz : Fantasia on 2 themes from Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," S 697
  • Performer: Egon Petri (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Liszt, Franz : Consolation, for piano no 1 in E major "Andante con moto", S. 172/1 (LW A111a/2/1)
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849-1850