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Liszt: Piano Works, Anees de Pelerinage, Ballades, Consolations etc Box set

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  • Composer: Franz Liszt
  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000I0SGX0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. La chapelle de Guillaume Tell
2. Au lac de Wallenstadt
3. Pastorale
4. Au bord d'une source
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Après une lecture du Dante_fantasia quasi sonata
2. Gondoliera
3. Canzone
4. Tarantella
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Harmonies Poétiques Et Religieuses S.173 : I Invocation
2. Harmonies Poétiques Et Religieuses S.173 : II Ave Maria
3. Harmonies Poétiques Et Religieuses S.173 : III Bénédiction De Dieu Dans La Solitude
4. Harmonies Poétiques Et Religieuses S.173 : IV Pensées Des Morts
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Harmonies Poétiques Et Religieuses S.173 : X Cantique D'amour
2. No.1 en la bémol majeur
3. No.2 en mi majeur
4. No.3 en la bémol majeur
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Liebestod (Richard Wagner, Tristan Und Isolde) S.447
2. Valse (Charles Gounod, Faust) S.407
3. Valse Sur Deux Motifs De Lucia Et Parisina (Donizetti) S.401
4. Paraphrase Rigoletto (Giuseppe Verdi) S.434
See all 7 tracks on this disc

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Numero Uno on 26 Sept. 2011
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This bargain set would still be a bargain at full price. It was revelation to me in that I did not know the playing of Ciccolini yet within a few bars it was clearly apparent that he is a unique and outstanding player. He puts paid to the old myth that Liszt was a mere showman who wrote superficial display pieces. Both the contemplative and the visionary aspects of the music are well brought out - with plenty of bravura where necessary, as in 'Funérailles', which comes across as a mighty homage to the dead and not a fireworks display. Every note seems to matter to Ciccolini, almost as though he were speaking directly to the listener and he evokes vividly the pastoral pieces in "Les Années de Pèlerinage" as well as bringing out the sense of inner peace which Liszt felt when contemplating the Swiss countryside.

The set also includes the complete "Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses" - usually we only get to hear "Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude" - and very beautiful they are. Operatic paraphrases include two written when Liszt was at the height of his powers: "Aïda" and "Simon Boccanegra", which capture the mood of the originals so well, notably the final pages of "Aïda".

Judging from this superb set, Aldo Ciccolini, Italian-born but resident in France for most of his life, merits much greater attention than he is sometimes accorded and I recommend his Liszt with all possible enthusiasm.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By O. Blix on 10 May 2013
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Interesting and absolutely well played Liszt in a well balanced mixture of his later works! I enjoy every disc, but there are otehr recordings with even more intense interpretations. A strong 4-star issue.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Idiosyncratic - but compelling! 23 April 2011
By Alexander Arsov - Published on Amazon.com
At such a bargain price this box set really should be snatched by everybody who loves the piano music of Franz Liszt. For here you get complete recordings of two magisterial cycles - 'Annees de Pelerinage' and 'Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses' (the latter vastly under-recorded in toto) - as well as several complete sets of pieces - the three Liebesträume (there is no such piece by Liszt as 'Liebestraum'), the six Consolations, the two Ballades, and the two Legendes. As a special bonus, the fifth CD (and the only one digitally recorded, in the 1980s) offers an excellent selection of operatic paraphrases, ranging from Gounod and Donizetti to Verdi and Wagner.

Aldo Ciccolini is one of those rare pianists who can play with tremendous power and rather on the fast side, yet manage somehow not to sound vulgar or bombastic. His weak point are the more lyrical moments where he falls rather short of what a Jorge Bollet might offer you. The Consolations and the Liebesträume are rushed and insensitive, though neither of the sets is entirely without merit. Ciccolini's Tarantella, Dante Sonata and Second Ballade are probably some of the fastest on record. They do lack subtlety, but there is an exhilarating passion to compensate for that. Likewise, signor Ciccolini largelly misses the poetry of the Ballades and most of the pieces from 'Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses', but even in its wildest moments his playing never degenerates into the mindless banging so fashionable nowadays among 'Liszt interpreters'; his rather fast tempi sound really quite refreshing, especially considering the modern vogue for slow motion which is misguidedly equalled with musicianship.

Taken as a whole, this set is superbly recorded and spectacularly played. Annees de Pelerinage is the highlight in both aspects: the sound has amazing depth and clarity for recording from the early 1960s (and for EMI at that) and Ciccolini's devil-may-care virtuosity is just about irresistible. I have yet to hear more powerful and more profound renditions of 'Chapelle de Guillaume Tell' and 'Orage' - even Bolet and Berman couldn't match Ciccolini's grandeur here. The two Legendes come pretty close to that level and so do most of the operatic transcriptions, most notably the famous Waltz from Gounod's 'Faust', Isolde's Libestod from Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' and especially Liszt's amazing paraphrases of themes from Verdi's 'Aida' and 'Il Trovatore'. These are almost literaly hair-raising recordings. But very musical too.

If you are fan of Liszt's piano works played in a powerful manner with a great deal of freedom in terms of dynamics and tempi, this box-set is definitely for you. It is a steal at that price.

P.S. The booklet is utterly disappointing, poorly written rambling of little if any value. But at this price this is to be expected of course.
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