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  • Performer: Misha Dichter
  • Composer: Franz Liszt
  • Audio CD (17 Jan. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips Classics
  • ASIN: B0000041D2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I've just ordered this CD for the third time. The previous two copies eventually suffered the fate that befalls all CDs left lying around in the car. This time I'll back it up!
Mischa Dichter gets mixed reviews for his Liszt, but on this CD it's all superb. Beautiful, crisp finger work, high drama - but never OTT, a lovely mixed selection of pieces. OK - I could quibble and say I'd swap a couple of Hungarian Rhapsodies for the Dante Sonata - but overall this double CD's a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vital; impeccable; a treasure trove 17 Oct. 2002
By E. F. Isaacs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've lived with this CD, and similar Liszt CD's by artists of equal fame, for at least two years. My admiration -- my gratitude -- for this one rises with each listening. I believe that Liszt would be very grateful for these performances, could he hear them. It is difficult to imagine a pianist serving a composer more thoroughly than Dichter does here. There is no careless note, yet no faltering in momentum or vitality. Dichter has mastered the music, yet remains its servant. His performances of the few meditative pieces on this CD are as impeccable as his work on the many bravura ones; deeply felt, and tastefully expressed. This seems a treasure house to me; its length is 145 minutes. The engineers have depressed or compressed the dynamic range, I think; there is not enough difference between piano and forte for my taste... I am perhaps equally fond of Philips' 2-disc edition of Liszt's Annees de Pelerinage I-III, performed by Brendel and Kocsis, 289-462-312-2. Philips' 2-disc edition of Lizts's etudes, with Arrau and Magaloff, is of less interest to me at this time; I suppose this is my reaction to the compositions themselves.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Dichter plays the best of Liszt. 24 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is no better Liszt recording on the market at any price. The depth of understanding, brilliance of execution, and mind-boggling technical prowess make this recording a joy for novices and aficionados alike.
Enjoy!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Born to Play Liszt..." 2 Oct. 2013
By EUGENE SIMPSON - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Having lived in New York City during the decade of the sixties, I vaguely remembered a brilliant young pianist at Juilliard who studied with Rosina Lhevinne and won the silver medal in the Tchaikovsky Competition. Inexplicably, I found myself asking that question so often asked about bright stars who seem to have faded not only from your memory but from the public eye. “Whatever happened to Misha Dichter?” I immediately turned to Amazon and Arkiv to see if there was a discography that would reveal what had become of this great talent. The first disc I found was “The Best of Liszt,” a 2-disc set that featured the “Mephisto Waltz,” four “Hungarian Rhapsodies,” and a number of the smaller favorites. It surely would be a test for any pianist. Dichter wasted no time proving his mettle and began the first disc with a performance of “Mephisto Waltz” that recalled the playing of the late William Kapell. It was technically superb, played with absolute security, verve, clarity and with a tonal grandeur that would have made Liszt smile. The ease with which he tossed off this difficult work assured me that there would be no challenges in the remaining repertoire that he would not easily meet. Each of the four rhapsodies displayed the same technical mastery, a thorough understanding of the style, impeccable rhythm and pedaling. The octaves in the “Funerailles” were stunning. The “Liebestraume” and smaller pieces were performed with the musical sensitivity, dynamic contrast, lyricism, and tonal variety required of this Romantic Style. So often, Liszt performances are noisy, and over-pedaled. Dichter’s playing is immaculate, incredibly accurate and controlled. He exemplifies what his famed teacher, Rosina Lhevinne, told me when I auditioned for her in the mid-fifties. “Technique means knowing where every finger is all the time.” This album is a marvelous testimony to the greatness of this artist. My only question is why did all the fame go to Van Cliburn, when Dichter, from the same studio, is a far greater artist? I look forward to exploring his Brahms Concerto No. 1.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liszt presented in all his magnificence 3 Jan. 2005
By Nick Herman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are a ton of great, well-known pieces on this 2-CD set, and it's a fantastic deal! Very beautiful in all respects except that, I agree with the reviewer below--the DB range of playing is not as wide or dynamic as it should be. It would be better if it was a bit HARDER and more powerful!--this is essential for the passion and intensity that Liszt created. Also, Mephisto Waltz seems to have been shortened. But all in all, good collection at a good price.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lisztmania 1 Jun. 2004
By Rudy Avila - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This Phillips label compact disc presents us with many fine works for piano by the incredible Franz Liszt (1811-1886) who together with Frederic Chopin revolutionzed the piano for the 19th century. On here are the Mephisto Waltz, Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 1-12, Etudes, Valses and transcriptions from Paganini's La Campanella and the Waltz from Gounod's opera Faust.
I like to think that the first cd, tracks 1-10 represents the softer side of Liszt. His friendship with Frederic Chopin influenced his lighter, romantic and nocturnal type of music, which are found in such works as Schwanengesang (Swan Song) "Un Sospiro" and Les Jeux D'Eux A La Villa D'Este. The second cd, tracks 1-10 represent some of the more dramatic and intense works for piano, among them the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C Sharp Minor, which opens the second cd. The work has been orchestrated, it's polyphonic festive mood has been used in the Looney Tunes cartoons. It is meant to describe the folk dancing of Hungary. The Fantasia on the Waltz from Gounod's Faust is incredibly demanding and sweeping, beautiful in this rendition. All the works are performed by the piano artist Misha Dichter. Although to be quite honest, this is not the best of Franz Liszt per se. It only provides us with high quality piano works. But Liszt was more than a radical new pianist, he was also a fine orchestral conductor. He invented the symphonic poem, or tone poem, which was greatly used in the 19th century, influencing such composers as Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Why did'nt they have Liszt's great symphonic poems the Dante Symphony and the Faust Symphony ? Also the Dance Of Death Totentanz should have been here, also his fantastic piano concerto. These days, it's hard to find a great interpreter of Franz Liszt. So much of his music is out of this world. It feels like only an octupus with millions of hands and fingers would aptly play his complex, multi-melodic score.
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