FRANZ LISZT Wild and crazy

Wild and crazy

Anda · Argerich · Ashkenazy · Bolet
Cherkassky · Fischer · Horowitz · Kars
Kempff · Lang Lang · Yundi Li
Ott · Petri · Pletnev · Richter · Barenboim a.o.
Int. Release 16 May. 2011
0289 477 9526 1

Track List

CD 1: Liszt - Wild and Crazy

Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Vladimir Ashkenazy

Liebestraum No. 3 In A-Flat, S. 541

nach einem Gedicht von Ferdinand Freiligrath

Daniel Barenboim

Lang Lang

Années de pèlerinage: Deuxième année: Italie, S.161


Wilhelm Kempff

Martha Argerich

10 Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173

Mikhail Pletnev

Vladimir Horowitz

Jorge Bolet, London Symphony Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847), Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Egon Petri

Total Playing Time 1:18:45

CD 2: Liszt - Wild and Crazy

Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Shura Cherkassky, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Grandes études de Paganini, S.141

Yundi Li

Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto, S.434

Daniel Barenboim

2 Etudes de Concert, S.145

Géza Anda

Mikhail Pletnev

12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S.139

Sviatoslav Richter

Années de pèlerinage: Troisième année, S.163

Zoltán Kocsis

12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S.139

Alice Sara Ott

Jean-Rodolphe Kars

Fantasy on two themes from Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro", S.697

Egon Petri

6 Consolations, S.172

Daniel Barenboim

Total Playing Time 1:16:55

. . . [an] unquestioned nobility of classical pianism . . . the set of variations on "Dies Irae" called "Totentanz" . . . by Jorge Bolet is justly admired . . .

. . . this spectacular collation offers some wickedly brilliant and poetic renderings of Liszt's music for his bicentennial . . . Petri's playing (1961) proves fluent, articulate, exquisitely polished. The Mendelssohn paraphrase moves in scintillating octaves; the Busoni-arranged "Fantasy on themes from The Marriage of Figaro" displays its share of dry wit as well as potent bravura. The excursions on "Voi che sapete" alone are worth the price of admission . . . [Vladimir Ashkenazy, "Mephisto Waltz in A Major"]: Elegant and refined, the rendition still conveys great moments of diabolical fervor and sensuous intimacy. Daniel Barenboim intones the most famous of the three "Liebestraum" pieces . . . slowly and in breathed phrases with the upper register aglimmer . . . Barenboim's "Rigoletto" layers the voices of the vocal quartet luxuriously . . . [Wilhelm Kempff]: His 1981 version of "Il Penseroso in C-sharp Minor" brings conviction and long experience to this thoughtful study from the "Second Year of Pilgrimage . . . [Martha Argerich, D-flat Major Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6]: a performance of power and extroverted passion. The valedictory "Funerailles in F Minor" . . . has Mikhail Pletnev's 1998 reading in broad boldly colorist style . . . "La Campanella" in Yundi Li's 2002 versions offers liquid and pungently striking beauties . . . the A Major/C-sharp Minor Concert Etude "Gnomenreigen" find their brilliant executor in Mikhail Pletnev . . . Alice Sara Ott storms through the so-called "Wild Hunt" Etude of Liszt, her gripping rendition of the C Minor octaves deft and sweeping, at once . . . A fine booklet accompanies this set, which transcends the "Liszt primer" function and gives us some deep thoughts.