Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160 (Years of Pilgrimage, 1st year, Switzerland)

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Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année (Suisse)

Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année (Suisse)


Liszt:

Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160

Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este (Années de pèlerinage III, S. 163 No. 4)


Tomas Dratva (piano)

For his new CD, Tomas Dratava has searched through original source material and has studied the autograph of Liszt's Années de Pèlerinage. To make this textual authenticity resound, he decided to record the work on Richard Wagner's 1876 Steinway in Haus Wahnfried, Bayreuth.

“Eloquent, multi-layered performances, on Wagner's 1876 Steinway (which Liszt himself played) do justice to much-abused repertoire.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

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Liszt: The Complete Années de Pèlerinage

Liszt: The Complete Années de Pèlerinage


Liszt:

Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160

Années de pèlerinage, 2ème année, Italie (7 pieces), S. 161

Années de pèlerinage, 3ème année (7 pieces), S. 163

Venezia e Napoli (3 pieces), S. 162


Louis Lortie (piano)

The virtuoso pianist and exclusive Chandos artist Louis Lortie here performs all three books, or ‘Years’, of Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage), a work rarely recorded in its entirety. Lortie has made more than thirty recordings for Chandos, covering a repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky. His recording of Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Variations won an Edison Award; his disc of works by Schumann and Brahms was judged one of the best CDs of the year by BBC Music, and his interpretations of Liszt’s complete works for piano and orchestra and of Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas were both selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone.

Liszt was an artist by nature. He seemed to feel and be affected by external influences far more deeply than most, and he was a master at translating these feelings into music. The first Year of the Années de Pèlerinage, a reworking of pieces from his earlier Album d’un Voyageur, was inspired by his travels in Switzerland as a young man. In this work, the music does not depict or describe particular scenes or landscapes, rather it attempts to communicate the feeling that Liszt experienced when he saw them, his ‘strongest sensations and most lively impressions’.

‘Chapelle de Guillaume Tell’, for example, depicts a fourteenth-century Swiss hero through a broad and stately theme that quotes a Swiss Alpine horn melody with trumpet calls, echoes, and tremolos. ‘Au lac de Wallenstadt’ depicts the gently rising and retreating waves of the lake, over which Liszt places a theme of beautiful simplicity.

The second Year was inspired by the art and literature that Liszt encountered on his travels in Italy. ‘Sposalizio’ was inspired by Raphael’s painting The Marriage of the Virgin in the Brera in Milan, and ‘Il Penseroso’ by Michelangelo’s statue on the tomb of Lorenzo de’ Medici in the church of San Lorenzo in Florence.

The third and last Year of the Années de Pèlerinage was written much later, when Liszt was in his sixties, and at a time when both the man and the style of his music had undergone a vast change. The pieces show far more simplicity in the treatment of the musical components and often convey a mood of despair and stark austerity.

From the outset, Liszt knew that his Années de Pèlerinage was unlikely to appeal to the masses. In his own words, the work was ‘written for the few rather than the many – not ambitious of success, but of the approval of that minority which conceives art as having other uses than the beguiling of idle hours, and asks more from it than the futile distraction of a passing entertainment’.

“Complete - and completely successful - traversals of Années de pèlerinage are relatively thin on the ground, This is one of them. Usually one or two pieces fall by the wayside but Lortie maintains a consistent level of excellence in performances that transcend the sterile surrounds of the studio.” Classic FM Magazine, May 2011 *****

“Technically he is, as one might expect, immaculate. This is, in many respects, no-frills Liszt, very masculine and carefully steering clear of self-conscious sentiment or souped-up passion...This is not to say, however, that Lortie misses Liszt's poetry. Les Cloches de Genève, for instance, is about as exquisite as it gets, and he's also notably strong when it comes to dealing with the sensuousness that informs Liszt's religious sensibilities.” The Guardian, 7th April 2011 ****

“His identification with Liszt's poetic message lends every bar an unimpeachable emotional authenticity and, conceptually speaking, these are strikingly original interpretations, without a trace of received wisdom. In a word, this fresh and vital Années de Pèlerinage is quite unlike any other.” International Record Review, April 2011

“Louis Lortie's credentials for taking on this greatest of musical pilgrimages are self-evident from the start. The opening 'Chapelle de Guillaume Tell', from the Switzerland-inspired first book, is delivered with epic sweep and grandeur, wonderfully shimmering tremolos, and a huge tonal range.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2011 ****

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Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, Suisse

Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, Suisse


Liszt:

Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160

Les Adieux, rêverie sur un motif de l'opéra Romeo et Juliette, S. 409

Valse De L'opera Faust S407

Les Sabéennes, berceuse de l'opéra La Reine de Saba, S. 408


“…Stephen Hough has technically and spiritually digested the first book of Années de pèlerinage to the extent that he can risk personalising certain pieces without sounding the least bit mannered. …he pushes the espressivo rhetoric of the brooding introduction to 'Vallée d'Obermann' and skill keeps the music's narrative trajectory alive through his exquisite tonal control and subtle pedal effects.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2005

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Liszt Complete Music for Solo Piano 39: Première Année de Pèlerinage

Liszt Complete Music for Solo Piano 39: Première Année de Pèlerinage


Liszt:

Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160

Trois Morceaux Suisses, S156a


Liszt's Années de pèlerinage, première année—Suisse ('Years of Travel, First Year—Switzerland') stands as one of the most important productions from his Weimar years—the years of his real coming of age as a composer of international stature—and begins, appropriately, with homage to Switzerland's most famous legend: Chapelle de Guillaume Tell ('William Tell's chapel').

Although not explicitly specified as such by Liszt, the Trois Morceaux suisses are in effect a supplement to the Première année (along the lines of the supplement Liszt specifies for the Italian collection). The three works are arrangements of themes by other composers who have endeavoured to capture the atmosphere of the Swiss herdsman's song.

“In Trois Morceaux Suisses, which he likens in his scholarly and informative notes to a garland of encores, he powers and swashbuckles his way through a wild assortment of exuberant obstacles” Gramophone Magazine

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Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage Suisse & Italie

Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage Suisse & Italie


Liszt:

Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160

Années de pèlerinage, 2ème année, Italie (7 pieces), S. 161


Florian Krumpöck (piano)

Born in 1978 in Vienna, the pianist and conductor Florian Krumpöck is the music director and principal conductor of the North German Philharmonic Orchestra and the municipal theatre in Rostock. He gave a highly acclaimed solo debut at the Vienna Musikverein in 2008, playing two complete cycles of 32 piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven for the first time.

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Liszt: Annees de Pelerinage Books I & II

Liszt: Annees de Pelerinage Books I & II


Liszt:

Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160

Années de pèlerinage, 2ème année, Italie (7 pieces), S. 161


Enrico Pace (piano)

Enrico Pace has a special affinity to Liszt: First Prize winner of the first International Liszt Competition 1989 in Utrecht he dazzled both jury and audience with playing of immense power of imagination, subtlety and devilry (here his own appearance worked to his advantage..).

This event marked the beginning of an impressive international career, with concerts in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, La Scala Milan, Wigmore Hall London, and Festivals such as Verbier, Roque d’Anthéron and Lucerne. Equally enjoying playing chamber music he has a partnership with the violinists Frank Peter Zimmermann and Leonidas Kavakos. For a long time Enrico Pace preferred the inspiration and excitement of a live concert, to recordings and it is with particular joy and pride that Piano Classics is allowed to issue his first ever CD, containing works near to Pace’s heart, may it touch the hearts of his many admirers and fans!

Recorded in the splendid acoustics of the Auditorium Pedrotti in the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, Italy, where Pace studied in his youth, 29-31 August 2011.

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Perspectives 5

Perspectives 5


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'

Liszt:

Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160


Andreas Haefliger’s provocative and trend-setting Perspectives series – juxtaposing the seminal sonatas of Beethoven within the context of works by other composers – reaches its fifth volume with two titans of the piano literature: the groundbreaking Hammerklavier Sonata, and Book One of the Swiss ‘Years of Pilgrimage’ by Franz Liszt, this year widely celebrated on the bicentenary of his birth.

Haefliger’s critically and commercially successful Perspectives series mirrors his live recitals, and vivid memories linger in audiences who have heard his numerous performances of these works throughout Europe and the USA.

“Haefliger is impressive in the fugue [of the Hammerklavier], but his opening movement is rather careful, stressing strength at the expense of sweep and momentum...The subtlety of Haefliger's tonal palette serves him well in the more intimate pieces in the Swiss volume of Liszt's Annees de pelerinage” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

“A few fussy tempo adjustments in the Scherzo [of the Beethoven] can be forgiven in light of Haefliger's linear clarity...Liszt's Swiss journey gest off to a fine start as Haefliger takes trouble to give shape and meaning to Chapelle de Guillaume Tell's tremolos and uses his pedalling mastery to convincingly project the composer's request for vibrato...The final two pieces clock in slower than most pianists, yet are expressive and well sustained.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage

Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage


Liszt:

Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160

Années de pèlerinage, 2ème année, Italie (7 pieces), S. 161

Années de pèlerinage, 3ème année (7 pieces), S. 163


Seung-Yeun Huh (piano)

This 2CD set performed by the highly rated Korean pianist Seung-Yeun Huh features all three suites that make up Franz Liszt’s great piano masterpiece Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage).

Born in Seoul, South Korea, acclaimed pianist Seung-Yeun Huh has lived in Europe since the age of sixteen. After winning the Artists’ International Competition in New York, she was a great success when she made her debut at the Carnegie Hall. Since then she has performed with many great orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony and Austro-

Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic and conductors David Zinman and Adam Fischer. She has previously recorded a complete cycle of Mozart’s solo piano pieces for Ars Musici.

Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage) (S.160, S.161, S.163) is a set of three suites by Franz Liszt for solo piano. The composer's complete musical style is evident in this masterwork, which ranges from virtuosic fireworks to sincerely moving emotional statements. His musical maturity can be seen evolving through his experience and travel.

The third volume is especially notable as an example of his later style. It was composed well after the first two volumes and displays less showy virtuosity and more harmonic experimentation.

Ars musici - 232406

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Barenboim plays Liszt

Barenboim plays Liszt


Liszt:

Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160

recorded at the Haus Wahnfried, Bayreuth, 1985

Années de pèlerinage, 2ème année, Italie (7 pieces), S. 161

recorded at the Haus Wahnfried, Bayreuth, 1985

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

recorded at the Haus Wahnfried, Bayreuth, 1985

plus:

Transcriptions: Wagner Opera, Verdi Operas

recorded at the Markgräfliches Opernhaus, Bayreuth, 1985


Franz Liszt will probably always be thought of as the greatest pianist who has ever lived, and his works for piano are undoubtedly among the most virtuosic to have been written.

On this disc Daniel Barenboim explores the vast emotional range of Liszt's piano music, from the most delicate chiaroscuro through to the most ominously dramatic climax.

This is a new release of the series of Metropolitan Munich programs.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 4:3

Sounds formats DVD: PCM Mono

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 225 mins

German FSK: 0

“it is in the B minor Sonata where he really comes into his own with an all-encompassing reading which combines scintillating interpretative flair with an edge-of-the-seat demonic drive...the enhanced sense of grativas he imparts to [Annees de pelerinage] is undeniably gripping.” International Record Review, January 2012

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Liszt: His Life and Music

Liszt: His Life and Music


Liszt:

Ouverture de l'opéra Guillaume Tell (Rossini) S552

Auf dem Wasser zu singen (No. 2 from Zwölf Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558)

Ave Maria, S. 20/1

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160

Années de pèlerinage, 2ème année, Italie (7 pieces), S. 161

Etude en douze exercises, S136/R1

Transcendental Studies, S139 Nos. 1-12

Harmonies poétiques et religieuses (10), S. 173

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Orpheus, symphonic poem No. 4, S98

Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera

Legendes (2) for piano, S. 175

Urbi et orbi - benediction papale, S184/R69

Via Crucis (The 14 Stations of the Cross), S53

excerpts

In festo transfigurationis Domini nostri Jesu Christi, S188/R74

Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, symphonic poem No. 13, S107

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 17 in D minor

Nuages gris, S199


To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth, this new format title (2 CDs + 50,000 word biography) explores the fascinating world of LIZST: HIS LIFE AND MUSIC.

Perhaps the greatest pianist who has ever lived, Liszt was one of the titanic musical figures of the Romantic age. Abandoning his spectacular career as a travelling virtuoso in his mid-thirties, this passionate lover and fond father dedicated himself instead to a life of composing, conducting, teaching and, increasingly, religious devotion, eventually taking minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church. This biography explores an enthralling life lived for long periods in France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the composer’s native Hungary – a kaleidoscope of cultural worlds whose folk music, literature and landscapes richly coloured Liszt’s own music.

The 2 CDs feature music spanning Liszt’s career, and the free website www.naxosaudiobooks/lisztlifeandmusic offers hours of extra music and other bonus material.

Naxos Educational - 8558214-15

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