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Liszt Franz (1811-1886)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphonic Poems, Volume 1
Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne, S 95
Tasso: Lamento e Trionfo, S 96
Les Preludes, S 97
Orpheus, S 98
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'These are bold performances, likely to match Kurt Masur’s Leipzig set from the late 1970s as the most stimulating around. I suppose I could wait for volume two; but not too long, please.'
BBC Music Magazine
'Anyone who shies away from Liszt’s orchestral music, having heard it played in a way that puts show above substance, ought to be persuaded otherwise by these strong, sensitive, sincere performances. The playing is well defined. The interpretations combine taste and imagination, encapsulating the music’s character with refined attention to detail, colour and dramatic impulse.'
The Telegraph ‘CD of the Week’
'Here, the Italian Maestro is perfectly attuned to the danger, glamour and emotional intensity of Liszt’s music; these are hair-raising performances. His Tasso, tragic, noble and fiery assertive, is now arguably the finest available, while the austere, subtle instrumental gradations of Orpheus are astonishingly handled. Many commentators have dismissed both Ce qu’on Entend sur la Monatagne and Les Préludes as sprawling, but just for once not a note in either seems out of place. Throughout, you’re reminded that these are seminal scores, and that the music of Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Strauss is unthinkable without them.'
'First-rate recording enhances compelling performances by the BBC Philharmonic under its exciting and charismatic conductor Gianandrea Noseda, who brings an Italian fire and passion to the music… A fine disc, gloriously played.'
The Sunday Telegraph
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