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  • Orchestra: Orchester Wiener Akademie
  • Conductor: Martin Haselböck
  • Composer: Franz Liszt
  • Audio CD (3 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: NCA
  • ASIN: B004LAUM7G
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Eine Symphonie zu Dantes Divina Commedia, S109/R426, "Dante Symphony": I. Inferno
2. Eine Symphonie zu Dantes Divina Commedia, S109/R426, "Dante Symphony": II. Purgatorio
3. Eine Symphonie zu Dantes Divina Commedia, S109/R426, "Dante Symphony": II. Magnificat
4. A la Chapelle Sixtine (Miserere d'Allegri et Ave verum corpus de Mozart), S360/R445

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This is the first CD in a project titled 'The Sound of Weimar' which is being released to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt. The two works are 'A symphony to Dante's Divina Commedia' and 'Évocation à la Chapelle Sixtine'. The series will include world premier recordings of concert performances of all of Franz Liszt's orchestral music in their original versions played on original instruments of the 19th Century. The Orchestra of The Vienna Academy is conducted by Martin Haselböck. The renowned Austrian conductor Martin Haselböck is the musical director of Musica Angelica in Santa Monica, California, and the musical director and founder of the Vienna Academy Orchestra. He is also a professor at the University of Vienna, where he teaches organ. Liszt's Dante Symphony is based on Dante Alighieri's journey through Hell and Purgatory as depicted in The Divine Comedy. It was premiered in Dresden in November 1857, with Liszt himself conducting, and was unofficially dedicated to the composer's friend and future son-in-law Richard Wagner. It is a symphony with a distinct programme and is written in a high romantic style. "The orchestral version (of A la Chapelle Sixtine) is among the most moving of Liszt's compositions, and Haselböck offers a most beautiful performance of it. An auspicious start then to what should prove an important new series…" - Gramophone, August 2011 Personnel: Orchester Wiener Akadamie, Martin Haselböck (conductor), Women singers from Chorus Sine Nomine

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Voogd on 21 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
And don't get me wrong: this is a revelation. I'm used to some overripe playing, middle of the road tempos and a kind of damp sounding Liszt so you get the impression that all those wise guys who say Liszt couldn't orchestrate are right. They're not if you are able to let the listener hear what happens in the orchestra. This is an enormously detailed recording with a very very fine bass line, growling cellos, penetrating woodwind and (if necessary) howling horns and silky strings. Don't let the `on period instruments' thing confuse you. This is no Mozart or Bach on period instruments, this is played with horns from around 1850/90 etc. and this music is played with gut strings. This Liszt is presented analytical. You'll hear every phrase, every nuance, every color possible. And how great Liszt could do that. Every other Liszt recording I know, even the latest Chandos instalments of his symphonic works, pales besides this new recordings. The orchestra isn't as large as the 100 players you get on most Dante Symphony recordings and you don't get a chorus of 100, but don't' let that fool you. It's for the music' sake again a revelation. And don't think you get an over analysed Liszt without any coherence or structure! It's all there.
Tempos are brisk. The A la chapelle 16, of which I own a recording with the Netherlands Philharmonic orchestra under Hartmut Haenchen is 6 minutes slower than Haselbock's! Barely 15 for Haselbock; 21 the other! The Dante is 4-10 minutes faster than most others. And it serves the music very well! Gone are all the drab associations you could get of Liszt, you haven't got the time anymore to think `come on Franz, get on with your development section, give us a new idea'. The recording is live and lively. It's not a SACD but it's sound picture SACD quality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Rarely Heard Masterworks by Franz Liszt 29 Mar. 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While many concert goers have had their fill of the often performed 'Les Preludes' or Hungarian Dances by Franz Liszt, few have been able to hear the far more profound and beautiful works on this new recording from Martin Haselböck, Music Director of the Vienna Academy Orchestra and Musica Angelica in Los Angeles, California. Haselböck is a Liszt specialist, having recorded all of the Liszt works for organ. Now in recognition of the Liszt bicentennial this year he has embarked on a commitment to record all of the orchestral works by this composer. If this recoding of the 'Dante Symphony' and the work 'Evocation of the Sisitine Chapel' is any indication of the quality of this project, then we are indeed in for a gratifying surprise.

Haselböck conducts the Vienna Academy Orchestra and the Chorus Sine Nomine in what can only be described as a stunning performance, both in interpretation and in sound engineering. The Dante Symphony is divided into three movements - Inferno, Purgatorio,and Magnificat. Haselböck employs some of the instruments used in the early performances of Liszt's mammoth work and the spectrum rises form the intensity an terror of Inferno through the exquisite combination of orchestra and chorus in the Purgatorio and Magnificat portions. The result is a major dramatic statement that is bound to gather more listeners into the realm of Liszt strange but wonderful musical creations.

The other work on this recording is the rarely heard A la Chapelle Sixtine (Miserere d'Allegri et Ave verum corpus de Mozart) shimmers with mystery in the elegant writing and homage Liszt created. This is one of the more sublime works from the master's repertoire and Haselböck and his forces deliver a mesmerizing performance. Grady Harp, March 11
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