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Liszt Recital / Janina Fialkowska, piano

Audio Samples

>Liszt, Franz : Soirees de Vienne, valse caprice for piano no 6 (III; after Schubert D. 969 & 779) S. 427/6iii
>Liszt, Franz : Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude, for piano (Harmonies poetiques no 3), S. 173/3 (LW A158/3)
>Liszt, Franz : Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480
>Liszt, Franz : Gretchen
>     2. Satz aus der Faust-Symphony, transcription for piano, S. 513 (LW A190)
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on a Waltz from Gounod's "Faust", S 407

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Soirees de Vienne, valse caprice for piano no 6 (III; after Schubert D. 969 & 779) S. 427/6iii
>Liszt, Franz : Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude, for piano (Harmonies poetiques no 3), S. 173/3 (LW A158/3)
>Liszt, Franz : Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480
>Liszt, Franz : Gretchen
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on a Waltz from Gounod's "Faust", S 407
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Hungarian composer, virtuoso, pianist and conductor, Franz Liszt, the renowned Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska has recorded a personal selection of Liszt's solo piano music including Bénédiciton de Dieu dans la solitude (The Blessing of God in Solitude), and an excerpt from the piano cycle Harmonies poétiques et religieuses as well as Liszt's great piano transcriptions. Janina Fialkowska interpretation could only be matched if Liszt himself played the piece.

BBC Music Magazine
The highlight of this disc is Chopin's Chants polonais - Fialkowska plays all six that Liszt transcribed, and blends drama with lyricism. Others may bring more intimacy, but this is classy playing. Liszt's transcription of the 'Gretchen' movement from A Faust Symphony is also colourful.

Financial Times
The Polish-Canadian plays from the heart...the reason to buy this CD is the BTnTdiction de Dieu dans la solitude, a piece of extraordinary beauty that plays to Fialkowska's strengths - her romantic sensibility, her sense of poetry, her unaffected artistry and knack of showcasing the music's Chopin-esque brilliance.

Gramophone Magazine
The emphasis here is on variety within variety, on Liszt's generous and extraordinary response to other composers...Fialkowska takes the Faust Waltz by virtuouso storm...We need many more records from this master-pianist.

The Arts Desk
There's not a dud moment in the recital. And this is impressive playing on any account, more so when you read that Fialkowska's career was nearly derailed by a tumour discovered in her arm in 2002. After groundbreaking, successful treatment she resumed playing in 2004 and sounds better than ever. I think I'm now a paid-up Liszt fan.

The Telegraph
An enchanting recital...The poise, spectrum of tone and sheer naturalness of her playing makes the BTnTdiction de Dieu dans la solitude utterly compelling, the instinctive expressiveness of Liszt's Chopin arrangements likewise...this is a disc to be treasured by admirers of elegant pianism.

The Times
Liszt discs aren't thin on the ground but this one stands out...the playing of these lesser-heard pieces is magical. Highlights are the sublime BTnTdiction de Dieu dans la Solitude; the joyously rippling Chopin paraphrases, Six Chants Polonais; and Gretchen, the composer's rapturous transcription of the slow movement from his Faust Symphony.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québec, Canada (07/2011).



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Soirées de Vienne, valse caprice for piano no 6 (III; after Schubert D. 969 & 779) S. 427/6iii
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1883

>Liszt, Franz : Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude, for piano (Harmonies poétiques no 3), S. 173/3 (LW A158/3)
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Liszt, Franz : Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Liszt, Franz : Gretchen :: 2. Satz aus der Faust-Symphony, transcription for piano, S. 513 (LW A190)
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1875

>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on a Waltz from Gounod's "Faust", S 407
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1861