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Arrau Plays Liszt (Piano Concertos & Solo Piano Works)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2011
This 6 CD collection of Liszt recordings by Arrau is good value for money. The items are very interesting and give good examples from different styles and periods. This type of grand old aristocratic pianism with intense passion is seldom heard today. The recordings are from different periods but the remastering is good and produces enjoyable quality, in fact the well-known 12 transcendental studies sound much better than before. The highlights include disc 4 with Verdi paraphrases, disc 5 with excerpts from Années de pèlerinage and both big B-minor pieces the Sonata and the second Ballade. Single items like "Il Sospiro", "Funerailles" and the Dante sonata offer contrasting shadows of shade and silvery light, always a hallmark of great pianism. If you prefer your Liszt in a comforting Salon style with tea, cakes and lace this is not for you. If you, like me, prefer you Liszt all stops pulled out, majestic playing with large dynamics and silken flourishes, you will like this. Thoroughly recommended. The contents are:

Disc 1

1-4 Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124
5-8 Piano Concerto No. 2 A major S. 125
both with LSO, Colin Davis

3 Etudes de Concert, S.144
9 No. 1 in A flat "Il lamento"
10 No. 2 in F minor "La leggierezza"
11 No. 3 in D flat "Un sospiro"

Disc 2

1-4 B-minor sonata S. 178

5-10 6 Chants polonais de Frédéric Chopin, S.480
The Maiden's Wish
The Ring
My Darling
Return Home
11 Liebestraum No.3 in A flat, S.541 arr. by Liszt from: O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst, S.298
12 Mephisto Waltz No.1, S. 110 No.2 "The Dance in the Village Inn" (after Lenau)

Disc 3

12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139
No.1 Prélude Presto
No.2 Molto vivace
No.3 Paysage Poco adagio
No.4 Mazeppa Presto
No.5 Feux follets Allegretto
No.6 Vision Lento
No.7 Eroica Allegro
No.8 Wilde Jagd Presto furioso
No.9 Ricordanza Andantino
No.10 Allegro agitato molto
No.11 Harmonies du soir Andantino
No.12 Chasse neige Andante con moto

Disc 4

Verdi Paraphrases
1 "Rigoletto"
2 Ernani: Concert Paraphrase, S.432
3 Il Trovatore: Miserere, Concert Paraphrase S.433
4 I Lombardi: Salve Maria: Concert Paraphrase, S.431
5 Aida: Danza sacre e Duetto finale: Concert Paraphrase, S.436
6 Don Carlo: Coro di festa e Marcia funebre: Concert Paraphrase, S.435
7 Réminiscences de Simone Boccanegra, S.438 after Verdi's opera

Disc 5

Années de pèlerinage: 1e année: Suisse S. 160
1 1. La Chapelle de Guilaume Tell
2 6. Vallée d'Obermann
Années de pèlerinage: 2ème année: Italie, S.161
3 5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
4 6. Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
5 7. Après un lecture du Dante Fantasia quasi Sonata
Années de pèlerinage: 3ème année, S.163
6 4. Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este

Disc 6

1 Ballade No.2 in B minor, S.171

Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S.173 Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude
2 Moderato
3 Andante
4 Più sostenuto quasi preludio - Andante semplice

Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S.173
5 Funérailles

2 Etudes de Concert, S.145
6 No.1 Waldesrauschen
7 No.2 Gnomenreigen
8 Valse oubliée No.1 in F sharp, S.215
9 Bonus track: Rhapsodie espagnole, S. 254 recorded in 1936
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2013
I wanted to hear Mr Arrau playing Liszt. This box ys made of not too old recordings ans I bought it. I enjoy it very much!
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