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Franz Liszt: Father Of The Symphonic Poem,
This review is from: Liszt: Tone Poems (Decca Collectors Edition) (Audio CD)
Liszt was one of the most seminal composers of the romantic era, indeed of any period. The inventor of the symphonic poem and an exponent of cyclical form in his character symphonies, can there still be dumbasses out there who think he was all about showing off his barnstorming piano technique and nothing else? Well, let's hope not. So much that followed stems from these groundbreaking orchestral fantasies. There's really no excuse for ignoring them.
Good to see these stonking performances of the tone poems back in the catalogue, and nicely boxed up. One of the high points of Bernard Haitink's distinguished recording career, the performances are uniformly excellent and the sound quality exemplary.
Why spend more on recent DDD offerings when you can get the lot at budget price?