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Performed on original instruments from the time of their first performance, this is the fifth and final volume in the critically acclaimed series “Liszt: The Sound of Weimar” which was initiated by the NCA label to mark the 200th anniversary of the great Hungarian composer’s birth. This disc by the Vienna Academy Orchestra under its highly-regarded Austrian conductor Martin Haselböck features four symphonic poems “for large orchestra”: No. 5 ‘Prometheus’, No. 7 ‘Festklänge’, No. 10 ‘Hamlet, and No. 13 ‘Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe’ (‘From Cradle to Grave’).
The project ‘The Sound of Weimar’ includes all the orchestral works of Franz Liszt in the original orchestration of the live premieres in Weimar. Recorded at the Austrian Liszt Raiding Centre, they come from performances at seven concerts during 2011 and 2012 made by the Vienna Academy Orchestra under the direction of Martin Haselböck. The first of the five-disc series featured the Dante Symphony (60234), and was followed by a first disc of symphonic poems including Les Preludes, Orpheus, and the Berg-Symphonie (60246). The third volume (60250) included three more symphonic poems, Hunnenschlacht, Hungaria, and Mazzepa. Tasso - Lamento e trionfo, Le Triomphe funèbre du Tasse, Héroïde funèbre, and Die Ideale were the works on Volume 4 (60254), also released this summer.
The Austrian conductor Martin Haselböck is the musical director of Musica Angelica in Santa Monica, California. He is the founder and also musical director of the Vienna Academy Orchestra, and with this ensmeble he has established a year-round cycle of concerts for the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in the Great Hall of the Vienna Musikverein.
In addition Haselböck is a professor at the University of Vienna, where he teaches organ. “Compelling… Haselböck’s liberated textures open up new listening horizons that all lovers of this fine but still underrated music should investigate. I anticipate more revelations further along the way.” - Rob Cowan in Gramophone on ‘The Sound of Weimar Vol. 3
Franz Liszt: Prometheus, S99/R416
Franz Liszt: Festklange, S101/R418
Franz Liszt: Hamlet, S104/R421
Franz Liszt: Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, S107/R424
I. Die Wiege
II. Der Kampf ums Dasein
III. Zum Grabe, die Wiege des zukunftigen Lebens
“From the Cradle to the Grave sounds hauntingly beautiful”
“If at first you miss the visceral drama and volume offered by modern drama instruments en masse, do persevere. Time and again Haselböck's approach reveals aspects of Liszt's scoring that would otherwise go unnoticed...Haselböck will have taught you how to 'listen through' as well as merely 'listening to'. You will have known Liszt's sound world as he knew it, more or less.”
16th September 2012
“all [are] given with the right fervency of spirit.”
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