Liszt & Messiaen: Piano Music


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Liszt & Messiaen: Piano Music



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30th July 2012




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Liszt & Messiaen: Piano Music


Sancta Dorothea, S187/R73

Legendes (2) for piano, S. 175

Consolations, Six Pensées poétiques, S. 172

Unstern: sinistre disastro S208


Petites Esquisses (6) d'Oiseaux




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In this imaginatively constructed programme, the Swedish pianist Fredrik Ullén juxtaposes music by Liszt and Messiaen, showing that there are closer parallels between them than might be expected.

A significant role in both composers’ work was played by religious convictions, and three of the Liszt pieces included here are related to saints of the Catholic Church.

Both men also ventured into unexplored musical territory, with Messiaen exploring bird song (which he described as an expression of ‘religious joy’) and Hindu rhythms, for instance in Cantéyodjayâ. Meanwhile

Liszt in his later years would develop an austere musical style full of dissonance, whole-tone scales, diminished and augmented chords. One of the prime examples of this is Unstern! Sinistre, disastro.

Franz Liszt: Sancta Dorothea, S187/R73

Sancta Dorothea, S187/R73

Franz Liszt: 2 Legendes, S175/R17

No. 1. St. Francois d' Assise - La predication aux oiseaux

Olivier Messiaen: Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds)

No. 1. Le rouge-gorge (Robin)

Franz Liszt: Consolations, S172/R12

No. 1. Andante con moto

Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds)

No. 2. Le merle-noir (Blackbird)

Franz Liszt: Consolations, S172/R12

No. 2. Un poco piu mosso

Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds)

No. 3. Le rouge-gorge (Robin)

No. 4. La grive-musicienne (Song Thrush)

Franz Liszt: Consolations, S172/R12

No. 3 in D flat major: Lento placido

No. 4. Quasi adagio

Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds)

No. 5. Le rouge-gorge (Robin)

No. 6. L'alouette des champs (Sky Lark)

Franz Liszt: Consolations, S172/R12

No. 5. Andantino

No. 6. Allegretto sempre cantabile

Franz Liszt: Unstern! Sinistre, disastro, S208/R80

Unstern! Sinistre, disastro, S208/R80

Olivier Messiaen: Canteyodjaya


Franz Liszt: 2 Legendes, S175/R17

No. 2. St. Francois de Paule marchant sur les flots

BBC Music Magazine

December 2012


“Ullen flits with ease between the worlds of the two composers. He brings poetry to both, plenty of flourishes and, for the tottering behemoth towards the end of Cantéyodjayâ, a suitable swagger. If there is the smallest caveat, it is that a little more space could be given to events...Nonetheless, this is a beautifully provocative recital.”

MusicWeb International

24th May 2013

“this disc, which wears its concept lightly, offers much thought-provoking pianism. It also alerts us to a conjunction that argues for consonance and lineage in ways that are never pursued beyond the bounds of good musical or historical taste. Beautifully recorded, as ever, from BIS.”

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