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Liszt: The Piano Concertos / Barenboim, Boulez, Staatskapelle Berlin [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215
>Wagner, Richard : Faust Overture
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried Idyll
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In this latest release from Accentus, Daniel Barenboim tackles Franz Liszt's two highly virtuosic piano concertos for the first time in a single concert. Barenboim is joined by Pierre Boulez, his friend and esteemed colleague of many years, who conducts Barenboim's own orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin. Liszt influenced revolutionary contemporaries such as Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner, and two examples of Wagner's magnificent orchestral work round off this concert programme celebrating Liszt's bicentenary.

"To see Daniel Barenboim on the Festival Hall stage is rare enough. To see him alongside Pierre Boulez (who was on hand to conduct Barenboim’s own orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin) seemed a real miracle, like catching two stars in a rare celestial conjunction... this was really Barenboim’s evening. And with good reason, because his performances of the two Liszt concertos were truly miraculous. They revealed the shallowness of so many performances of these pieces, which make virtuosity merely a matter of speed and dexterity. Liszt once said that though younger pianists may have had a better technique than him, he was the better pianist because he had more personality. And here it was precisely the immense personality of Barenboim’s performances which was so captivating. The opening of the second concerto is child’s play, technically speaking, yet how eloquent Barenboim made those gently curving arpeggios, suggesting pride, nostalgia and tenderness all at once... it’s part of Barenboim’s magic that he knows exactly when “normal” virtuosity – ie the exciting, risky sort – has to take over. No wonder the audience went into delirium at the end. They knew they’d witnessed something utterly extraordinary." -The Telegraph

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 90 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1835-1856

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1839

>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172 :: no 3
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849-1850

>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215 :: no 1
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1881-1885

>Wagner, Richard : Faust Overture
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1840-1844

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried Idyll
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1870