Tone Poems; Hungarian Rhapsodies
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Gradually, the neglected tone poems of Franz Liszt are becoming available in a variety of performances, but few have the sheer character and kinetic qualities of these classic readings in vivid Decca sound that has worn well over the years. --Barry Forshaw CD Choice
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75:18. For the Solti, the lead audio engineer was the great Kenneth Wilkinson, so you can be sure of excellent sound. As for the interpretations, that depends on how you feel about Solti. Here, I believe, he was in his element, and while there may be other recordings of this music just as good, or maybe better, it depends on how you like to hear your Liszt. (I still find Fricsay unbeatable in Les Preludes). When the Rhapsodies were released in the late 1990s, they generally received rave reviews, and those opinions still hold up well.
The neglect of this piece is testament to how Liszt's works have been misjudged and maligned over the years due to improper interpretations, since NO other conductor has been able to bring this piece to life like Solti. Certainly most people have been exposed to Prometheus via any number of other conductors, and its clear to see that even I would be less than impressed with this work if it were judged only by those other performances.
So, for anyone interested in hearing how Liszt's imaginative and innovative tone poem, Prometheus, was truly meant to sound, it is imperative to have Solti's version.
Solti also presents one of the best, perhaps even the best, performance of the Mephisto Waltz. Again, no other conductor has infused so much energy and verve into this piece, and being that it is Mephisto, after all, it must be played with wild abandon. However, the central and ending sections are played with a bit more clarity and finesse by others. Nevertheless, overall, this is an excellent performance.
The remaining performances are mostly standard fare, played well enough, some being on par with others, and some being easily out-shined by others, such as Solti's shrilly Les Preludes, which many others have recorded. However, the two pieces mentioned above, and From the Cradle to the Grave, which is a very interesting piece, receive outstanding performances that one can simply not forget or be without.
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