Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

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Richter Plays Liszt

Richter Plays Liszt


Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

London –studio–1961

London Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

London –studio–1961

London Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Fantasy on Hungarian Folk-tunes, S123

R.A.H London, 1961

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

concert Budapest, 1958

Gnomenreigen, S145 No. 2

concert Budapest, 1958

Liebestraum, S541 No. 2 (Nocturne in E flat major)

concert Budapest, 1958

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 5 'Feux Follets'

concert Sofia, 1958


“equally brilliant with two quite different sides of this composer, with the luxuriant virtuosity of the the Etudes in particular being thrown off with a zestful freedom that must always be rare in such complex pieces . All connoisseurs should have these performances” Gramophone Magazine

“Richter’s performances are very distinguished indeed ... playing is unforgettable and so is his rapport with Kondrashin” Penguin Guide 3 star

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Josef Bulva plays Franz Liszt

Josef Bulva plays Franz Liszt


Liszt:

Grande Étude de Paganini, S. 141 No. 4

Grande Étude de Paganini, S. 141 No. 3 'La Campanella'

Étude d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini, S. 140 No. 5

Rhapsodie espagnole, S254

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 11 'Harmonies du soir'

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Polonaise No. 2 in E major, S223 No. 2

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 8 'Wilde Jagd'

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 9 'Ricordanza'

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Radio Symphony Orchestra Luxembourg, Daniel Nazareth


Josef Bulva (piano)

RCA - 88875073052

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Tchaikovsky & Liszt: Piano Concertos

Tchaikovsky & Liszt: Piano Concertos


Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Wiener Symphoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Wiener Symphoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan


Lazar Berman (piano)

Lazar Berman, a bear of a man whom The Times of London called ‘one of the last unabashed exponents of the Romantic tradition of Russian pianism’, was known for the power of his playing and for his prodigious technique, but was also capable of great delicacy at the keyboard. The core of his repertoire was the great Romantic and post-Romantic works, from Beethoven to Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Emil Gilels referred to him as a ‘phenomenon of the musical world’. Eloquence presents his complete Deutsche Grammophon recordings over five titles.

The issue of his 1963 recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Études in the West created a sensation, and he sold out houses wherever he played. These successes led to his recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, beginning with the Tchaikovsky First Concerto with Herbert von Karajan. Berman said he liked to take a romantic approach to the classical repertoire and a classical approach to the romantic. When asked why he had suddenly changed his approach to the Tchaikovsky to a more lyrical one, Berman told Gramophone’s Alan Blyth, ‘Well, it wasn’t my choice but the composer’s: I used to play the piece as most pianists play it. Then I did a lot of research into how it had been interpreted in the composer’s own time. It changed my approach entirely.’ And speaking on the subject with High Fidelity’s Barry James, ‘I’ve changed my views about Tchaikovsky. I’ve dropped the bravura interpretation of the First Concerto. I’ve read a lot of his writings and I think I understand his soul. Tchaikovsky was not a pompous composer, but a lyricist. So that’s how I perform his First Concerto.’

The highly-regarded recording of the two Liszt Piano Concertos came a year after that of the Tchaikovsky, this time from Vienna and with Carlo Maria Giulini, who in turn was making his Deutsche Grammophon debut with it. Upon hearing Berman’s first solo recording for DG (Rachmaninov, Prokofiev), Herbert von Karajan allegedly re-scheduled a recording session with the Berlin Philharmonic in order to record Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Berman. These are the only three concertos Berman recorded for Deutsche Grammophon and now appear on a single album.

“Berman's all-engulfing accounts receive expert backing from Karajan (Tchaikovsky), but rather less sophisticated support from the VSO in Liszt's Concertos.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 ****

“his tremendous virtuosity is always put at the service of the music ... Berman’s decorative passages are as delicate as you could imagine, never merely showy, while the strength of his playing is tremendous. He can scale his playing down to the most intimate mood, while the detail of textures is as clear as could be ... Giulini gets the Vienna Symphony Orchestra to play as if it were the Philharmonic itself. DG’s recording is full, yet bright and clear, with an admirable balance between soloist and orchestra ... deeply satisfying” Gramophone Magazine (Liszt)

“this magnificent reading of the Tchaikovsky B flat minor certainly confirms that here is a positive personality of the first order ... Karajan conducts with an incandescent urgency to match the bravura of the pianist ... in every way this is a big, commanding performance ... Berman’s concern for detail and his meticulous scaling of dynamic down to jewelled pianissimo grips the attention through everything ... a firm first choice for every taste with stellar names and brilliant recording quality” Gramophone Magazine (Tchaikovsky)

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Kempff plays Liszt

Kempff plays Liszt


Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

London Symphony Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

London Symphony Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari

Legendes (2) for piano, S. 175

Eglogue (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 7)

Au lac de Wallenstadt (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 2)

Au bord d'une source (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 4)

Il penseroso (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 2)

Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 3)

Gondoliera, S. 162 No. 1 (from Venezia e Napoli)

Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 4)

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)

Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 6)


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Grieg & Liszt: Piano Concertos

Grieg & Liszt: Piano Concertos


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125


A concerto album from Stephen Hough is always a significant event. For this new recording Stephen travelled to Bergen – Grieg’s home town – to join forces with Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Grieg and Liszt that are set to become landmark recordings of all three concertos.

Grieg’s A minor Piano Concerto, with its plethora of great tunes, is one of the most popular of all Romantic works, while Liszt’s two highly original concertos present unique challenges to both pianist and orchestra. These performances are exciting, magisterial and highly coloured, with breathtaking virtuosity harnessed to poetic refinement and finesse – hallmarks of Stephen’s playing that have already helped his concerto recordings to win two Gramophone ‘Record of the Year’ accolades.

Stephen Hough and Andrew Litton continue the astonishing success of their collaboration in Rachmaninov’s concertos, Hyperion’s fastest-selling recording. The Bergen players provide freshly idiomatic support in the Grieg and revel in the sumptuous scoring of the Liszt. The results are thrilling, and this deserves a place in any music lover’s collection, no matter how familiar the music.

Released to coincide with the twin anniversaries of Liszt’s birth (200 years ago) and Stephen’s own 50th birthday (in November), this recording is an apt celebration of both.

“Does the world really need another recording of the Grieg piano concerto? The answer has to be an emphatic yes when the soloist is the barnstorming Stephen Hough, a pianist with the fascinating ability to take a venerable work, strip it of its patina and present it as though for the very first time. This is a wonderfully alert performance, mixing novel tempi with awesome technique and breathtaking, tingling tension.” The Observer, 30th October 2011

“one of the Liszt bicentenary’s prime releases, from Britain’s greatest living magician of the keyboard...this release is witness to [Hough's] mastery in the mainstream Romantic concertos...Hough highlights [Grieg's] Concerto’s debt to Liszt, with its grandiloquent gestures and exhibitionist virtuosity...His vivaces glitter, his agitatos thrill with dramatic éclat, yet essentially he appreciates the songs-without-words that permeate these bravura works.” Sunday Times, 1st January 2012

“These two like-minded musicians manage to bring to these much-recorded works not merely thrilling virtuosity and lyrical depth but a Mendelssohnian lightness of touch where needed...Litton, himself a fine pianist, is one of the best orchestral accompanists on the planet, following Hough's every nuance with pin-point precision and lovingly shaping the many woodwind and string solos.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2012 *****

“what Stephen Hough excels at is the quick transformation, the mercurial shifts from comedy to heartfelt sincerity. He’s also a fantastic chamber player, and the Second Concerto’s quieter moments are gorgeous here. There’s some particularly lovely playing from the Bergen orchestra’s principal cello” The Arts Desk, 14th January 2012

“Introspective (but never lost in introspection) one minute, of the most refined bravura the next, he expresses a personality all his own, brilliantly alert to mercurial changes of mood and clearly riding on the crest of a wave of success. With technique honed to a state of diamond-like brilliance, he gives us rapier-like cadenzas and glissandos..that flash like summer lightening.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“[Hough] seems to get just the right balance of bravura, muscle and abandon with spontaneity, lightness and wit. He is well supported by the Bergen Philharmonic under Andrew Litton.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 24th October 2011

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24th October 2011

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GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2012

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Modern Choice - February 2014

Hyperion - CDA67824

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Liszt: Piano Concertos

Liszt: Piano Concertos


Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125


Barenboim and Boulez celebrate Liszt’s 200th birthday with gripping readings of the Concertos no. 1 in E flat major and no. 2 in A major.

“The pairing of the cool Boulez with the more expressive Barenboim might seem a mismatch of styles; but with Boulez wielding the baton over Barenboim's Staatskapelle Berlin as the pianist tackles these two pillars of Liszt's musical temple, a magical balance is achieved that allows the music's character to surge forth with no recourse to the easy victories of cliché.” The Independent, 7th October 2011 ***

“It’s easy to garland these virtuoso concertos with tinsel and vulgarise the emotions. Barenboim, with Boulez’s assistance, will have none of it. He phrases his fingerings with lyrical finesse, while Boulez’s passion for clarity reaps large rewards in the play of colours and instrumental balance. Like restored paintings with the nasty varnish removed, the concertos emerge reborn, and newly powerful.” The Times, 21st October 2011

“blessed with an awe-inspiring partnership with Boulez, Barenboim reaches out to a symphonic granduer and musical range undreamt of by lesser musicians. Time and again he shines a wholly personal light on music that has all too often encourages (notably on the competition circuit) a facile alternative to quality...he makes Liszt's musical possibilities stretch far into the horizon.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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Editor's Choice - January 2012

DG - 4779521

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Krystian Zimerman plays Liszt

Krystian Zimerman plays Liszt


Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Totentanz, S525 for solo piano

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Nuages gris, S199

La Notte, S.602

La Lugubre Gondola II, S200 No. 2

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)


Krystian Zimerman made two Liszt discs for Deutsche Grammophon in 1987 and 1990 respectively: one of the two Piano Concertos and Totentanz, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, the other of solo piano music, comprising Liszt’s masterwork, the B minor Sonata,and a selection of late piano works – spooky, often unnerving pieces, like Nuages gris and La lugubre gondola II.

Both are generally regarded as benchmark recordings, and have consistently been in the catalogue for over 20 years. On the Concertos disc, The Penguin Guide wrote: “It has poise and classicism and, as one listens, one feels that this music could not be played in any other way”, with Boston and Ozawa offering “excellent support”. Krystian Zimerman, as ever, plays a “superb” instrument (Gramophone) – prepared personally by the artist.

Now, as part of our celebration of the Liszt 200 anniversary, we are offering both as a handy twofer, with new cover art (photo by star Japanese photographer Akira Kinoshita), original liner notes in English, German and French, and additional photos in the booklet. The cover design is by Claudia Zimerman, the pianist’s graphic-designer daughter.

“Coinciding with the death of his mother and the birth of his daughter, these recordings were intensely personal for Zimerman. The Concertos are scintillating, the Sonata Olympian.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 *****

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First Choice - April 2013

DG - 4779697

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Richard Farrell - The Complete Recordings, Volume 1

Richard Farrell - The Complete Recordings, Volume 1


Brahms:

Ballades (4), Op. 10

Waltzes (16), Op. 39

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Ballade in G minor, Op. 24

19 Norwegian Folksongs, Op. 66 (selections)

Nos 14 & 17

9 Lyric Pieces

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124


Richard Farrell (piano)

The Halle Orchestra, George Weldon

Fifty years ago on a country road near Arundel, Sussex, a car unaccountably left the road and hit a tree, killing all three of the vehicle's occupants. One of the passengers in the car was Richard Farrell. Richard was just starting an amazing career as a concert pianist. In 1956 he made what was to be his last tour of New Zealand. By this time he was tackling some of the mountain-peaks of the pianistic repertoire in his programmes - things like the Brahms F Minor Sonata and the "Handel" Variations, Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit", Chopin's Op.10 Etudes, and some Liszt transcriptions and paraphrases. As well, with the New Zealand National Orchestra, whose work with conductor James Robertson he praised, he played the "Emperor", and the Ravel Left-Hand Concerto. That same year Farrell had commenced what seemed a highly promising recording career in England with Pye Records, beginning with a coupling of the Grieg and Liszt E-flat concertos in which he was partnered by the Halle Orchestra under George Weldon. These two concertos are on this recording.

“This music is wonderfully inventive, and Farrell brings out all the poetry and melancholy and humourin a performance that could hardly be bettered.” Gramophone Magazine, April 1959 (on Grieg’s Ballade)

“I enjoyed his playing very much, for he has what is today the rare virtue of being able to play slowly. Though he often tosses off quick passages at conventional speeds (and he has plenty of technique), he always plays slow movements and slow sections of movements considerably slower than almost every other pianist listed above. And yet he is neither sentimental nor dull ; his playing, on the contrary, is movingly contemplative and poetic.” Gramophone Magazine, July 1957 (on the Grieg Piano Concerto)

Presto Disc of the Week

21st December 2009

Atoll - ACD208

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Liszt: Piano Concertos

Liszt: Piano Concertos


Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Rochester Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Rochester Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Mephisto Waltz No. 1


Jorge Bolet (piano)

Alto - ALC1011

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The Best of Liszt

The Best of Liszt


Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Yuri Boukoff (piano)

Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Konstantin Iliev

Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

Richard Tilling (piano)

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 6 in D flat major

Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Max Loy

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 15 in A minor 'Rákóczy Marsch'

South German Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfred Scholz

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)

Marta Dayanova

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

South German Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfred Scholz


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Resonance The Best of…. - CDRSN3090

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