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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Philips Duo
  • ASIN: B00000417T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,760 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David B on 5 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you haven't heard Liszt before then get this. The tracks are one movement pieces, tone poems, which are very majestic and regal in their style. The playing by the London Phil. conducted by Haitink is completely committed and authoritative. As a two CD set with 130 mins of music, it's excellent value for money. The recording protocol for this set is 'ADD' which means it is a digital recording of the original analogue master tapes. The sound quality is better than some completely digital 'DDD' recordings I have heard, being very well balanced, detailed, not overly bright, and also captures the dynamic range of the full orchestra; and believe me there is plenty of dynamics in this music!
I bought this set, Volume 2, because I had already owned volume 1 for many years, and wanted to complete the collection, as I thought it was fantastic. Having now listened to vol 2 I was a little disappointed because it does not in my mind add anything to vol 1, I think volume 1 has more lyrical music, although it is of course very personal taste. That is why I haven't given vol 2 five stars, but it is still excellent.
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By Zaroff on 19 Nov. 2011
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Hamlet & Herods funeral have a compelling sobriety or even a distinct soundtrack suspense, delightfully wrought by the london phil, with even measure & thoughtful air. These are a collection of vigorous tone poems that require listening with several ears, rather than used as a background..Mephisto Waltz is creepy in a pleasant way, a dance in a village inn it may be but someone in the inn has dionysus on the mind...the battle of the huns layered with paganisms & yet almost clerical balance. All are varied experiences across the scale..

However, if you want to surprise someone, give them a classical piece to make their hair stand on end..Liszt's Hungaria has the fervour & stillness balanced to such an extent, forgive me audiophile's & experts, as if created for a radio play sequence of Star Wars. That is, the military element came and grabbed me by the ears & the martial glory actually felt invigorating. Put the volume up & it is guaranteed to make marvel of the gramaphone.
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This is the second CD of the great Haitink LP set. CD Volume one was the only one available in the UK. Great performances in some of the best sound ever put on disc!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Part Two of a great Liszt Tone Poem cycle from Haitink 7 Dec. 2002
By John Kwok - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Franz Liszt invented the symphonic tone poem genre and this splendid two CD compilation is the second half in a series of recordings of Liszt's scores from Bernard Haitink and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. These are warm, technically brilliant, but also passionate, performances replete with great performances from the strings, winds and horns when the London Philharmonic was London's best symphony orchestra. Haitink leads the LPO in excellent interpretations, with my favorites being the "Battle of the Huns" and Mephisto Waltz Number One. Philips' sound quality is superb due to state-of-the-art 24 bit digital image remastering. Here's hoping that the first volume in this series will be available to classical music fans soon.
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"More 'respected' than loved"? Here's to respect!! 22 Jan. 2003
By C. McGovern - Published on
Format: Audio CD
OK Mr. Hurwitz, if only because Liszt created the art-form of symphonic poems as they went on to existance we should just "respect" the tone poems, but Hunnenschlact--How could you not LOVE this piece?? This was most certainly the blueprint for Saint-Saens' absolutely killer Symphony #3 (which was written as a tribute to Liszt, actually) with its pairing of organ and symphony orchestra. With that and the other 12 poems, there's plenty of love and respect to go around!
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Rounding up from a 4.5 6 Sept. 2004
By Avid Reader - Published on
Format: Audio CD
All recordings of Liszt's symphonic poems should be compared to the fabulous set by Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhash Orchestra. They are near perfection in their spontaneity and authenticity. These are good recordings - even great - although it would be hard not to perform such notables as Hungaria, the Mephisto Waltz and Hunnenschlacht.

As I stated in my review of the first set, these are difficult to understand completely because of the general literary and cultural illiteracy that plagues America, particularly the youth. All the poems have a literary inspiration - Hamlet, Orpheus, Faust, the "Hero" of German Literature. Listening to these without knowing the story or person behind it is like eating wonderful without knowing what it is.
you can pickup these CD's for a very good price. Artistic Impressions This first CD offers us ... 19 Oct. 2014
By NUC MED TECH - Published on
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10-19-2014 Here are the London Philharmonic orchestra, under their long-time Music Director , Bernard Haitink with Volume I of a double volume set from Philips records offering listeners all 13 of the Symphonic Poems of Franz Liszt total timings for this Volume I is 2-21-28,(that's over 2 hours, and 21 minutes.). These works were taped in analog some 35 to 40 years ago and digitized by "Bitstream," at a later date. if you act soon, you can pickup these CD's for a very good price.

Artistic Impressions
This first CD offers us the Poems number 8, 9 and 10, each running over for a significant timing, but they generally failed to hold my attention that much. "Heroide funebre" is a 27:02 work with essentially two sections to it. The lead off idea is expressed in minor keys of great, loud and noisy music, even bombastic, if you will. At about the 09:17 or o mark, the key abruptly changes to the major, letting in a flood of light and Hope that brightens the whole picture quite a bit. But, trouble is this work, and several others is that there really isn't much in the way of solid thematic material and thus the momentum never really becomes established. As Liszt had been criticized in his own day for banging on the piano. But, enough of this one and on to the second track, which holds the Poem #9, "Hungaria," running for 23:09 and it fares better in the hands of the great Maestro Haitink
"'Hungaria" presents it's main theme, a march , that will take on bigger dimensions later, at about the 01:17 to 02:47 point before a transition takes over for a while. Around 06;20 or so, a solo violin enters to snag center stage and plays a dark, brooding melody, exhibiting the passion that inflames the heart s f the Hungarians, presumably. Within the 9-10 minute area, the big main theme receives a massive brass weighted fanfare in it's honor and then swings right into the main theme again, but now in the form of a festive and triumphant victory march, complete with these little standing cymbal splashes I like so much. There is a fair amount of Les Preludes in "Hungaria," which helps the later quite a bit. But, happily for us, the tedium and boredom finally comes to an end, and after a second go around with all that brass and percussion pounding away in our heads, we come to the close of "Hungaria." thank God! If you like loud, in your face action, then the first two poems are for you, but I suspect most of us would quickly grow tired and turn elsewhere. Liszt didn't write masterpieces every time he sat down to compose.
CD #2 contains the "Hunnenschlacht," plus the poems "Die Ideale," "From the Cradle to the Grave," and the "Mephisto Waltz #1" Overall, this 2nd disc fared better to me than the #1 did. As for timings, "Hunnenschlacht = 14:53, "Die Ideale," = 26:49, "From the Cradle......."= 13:42 and the Waltz runs for a n 11:00 flat. these works on disc #2 were recorded I think in the early 1970's as were the ones on CD #1, although the information is not clear.
Perhaps my favorite of all the poems of Liszt is this 1857 work, "Hunnenschlacht," The Battle of the Huns." It was inspired by a Mural of Wilhelm von Kaulbach in a Berlin gallery depicting the battle between Attila the Hun's forces and those of the Roman Catholic Emperor Theodoric in 451. Truth is, Theodoric wasn't yet born and the hoards were repelled by Pope Leo I, the "Great," saving Rome from destruction in 452. But, the composer took freedoms from his so-called poetic license and "embellished the tale, just a tad. L.O.L. In any event it worked as the orchestra plays out a mighty battle , with charges, retreats and, of course, holy chorales pleading Heaven's intercession on behalf of the "good guys," which was, as we can hear, successful. The finale consists of the triumphant organ blazing out the chorale conclusion, which Haitink and his LPO bring off majestically in the closing seconds. The unidentified recording venue has a fine big throaty pipe organ that dominates the climax nicely.
"Die Ideale," runs a rambling 26:49 and is a multifaceted composition in a few segments, and dating from the same year of 1857 and presented in Weimar along side the composer's "Faust Symphony". Liszt temporarily sets aside the brass and percussion for a lyrical and string based long treatment rendering to the listener, tenderness, melody and a gentler and calmer canvas. it works well, as the LPO gets to show off it's superb string choir for an extended set of passages. The music is more "pastoral, "than anything else, and is generally restive, dreamy and smooth, a welcomed event to say the least.
Well, I've just about had all I can take from this 2 CD pack of Liszt. I find these works uninteresting, droll, bombastic, heavily overwrought with grandstanding and, despite the splendid conducting and playing by the artists involved , I see little hope for salvaging any real benefit from listening any further. I will order the Volume I, and hope fr better things from it, but I cannot and will not recommend these selections to you. Buy them if you wish but don't blame me for any disappointments you my experience. Good luck, best wishes and God bless all, Tony. BARELY A 2.5 Star rating----Sorry.

Liszt Tone Poems II 23 Oct. 2013
By Craig Borgman - Published on
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The second of the compilation set, in great quality by an excellent orchestra. Not to be missed! Get them both!
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