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Liszt Franz (1811-1886)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphonic Poems, Volume 4
Hungaria, S 103
Hamlet, S 104
Hunnenschlacht, S 105
Die Ideale, S 106
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'This is the fourth volume of Gianandreas Noseda’s recordings of Liszt’s symphonic poems with his BBC Philharmonic. We do not often hear Hungaria these days, nor Die ideale, but Hamlet and Hunnenschlacht are better known. As so often with Liszt, one is struck by the advanced harmonic language and the originality of the ideas and the orchestration. The playing has the fire and drive that Noseda brings to romantic music; the recording is as clear and vivid as we have from to expect from Chandos'
'Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic, faced with so much in-and-out material, wisely refuse to turbocharge the idiom and risk melodrama. Instead, their relatively restrained approach conjures an appropriate set of mellow, mid-19th century orchestral colours, while generating pace and excitement where the music permits.'
BBC Music Magazine
'Yet as Gianandrea Noseda reaches the fourth and final volume in his outstanding complete series, one can at last savour Liszt’s phenomenal overall achievement as never before. Even Die Ideale, a half-hour meditation on a Schiller poem, sound utterly gripping in Noseda’s hands and puts fine versions by Bernard Haitink and Kurt Masur quite in the shade'
Classic FM Magazine
'All these qualities are conveyed by orchestra and conductor in a way that tells you that true virtuosity is achieved through discipline rather than a more generalised and garish drama. This finely recorded disc is a glorious addition to the series.'
'I find a great deal to admire in these performances. The extraordinarily high technical values attendant on the recording reveal myriad details of gesture, colour and texture that have simply been inaudible heretofore. The beautifully blended sound of the BBC ensemble is nothing less than a sensual delight. Ultimately these are strikingly imaginative interpretations of what is, after all, the most important and influential body of European orchestral music composed during the 1850s. Very highly recommended.'
International Record Review
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