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Liszt Illuminated

MR 52065 (2cd)

Liszt Illuminated

Great works by Liszt played by 3 great pianists

Bolet, Johansen, Arrau

Jorge Bolet, Gunnar Johansen, Claudio Arrau, piano

Recorded 1963-1986

It is with great pride and pleasure that the American Liszt Society sponsors the release of this 2CD set on the occasion of the bicentennial of the birth of Franz Liszt. This compilation preserves contributions of three pianists (all American Liszt Society medal winners) to the performance legacy of the compositions and transcriptions of Liszt. Claudio Arrau, Jorge Bolet, and Gunnar Johansen each provide a unique perspective on Liszt\'s genius. Insightful notes are provided by Frank Cooper, Research Professor of Musicology at the University of Miami. In addition, personal recollections of their respective teachers are provided by Ira Levin, Gordon Rumson, and Garrick Ohlsson.

Track Listing

CD 1 (78:54)

Jorge Bolet:

1. Valse-Impromptu in A-flat, LW A84c 6:02
Private recording, Baldwin LP (BDW 803)
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, Italie
Tre Sonetti di Petrarca
Private recording, Baldwin LP (BDW 803)
2. Sonetto 47, LW A55, No. 1 6:11
3. Sonetto 104, LW A55, No. 2 7:06
4. Sonetto 123, LW A55, No. 3 7:08
5. Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, LW A181 14:55
3 April 1986, Carnegie Hall
6. Rhapsodie Espagnole (Folies d’Espagne et jota aragonesa), LW A195 13:17
5 February 1972, Tully Hall

Gunnar Johansen:

7. Réminiscences de Don Juan, LW A80 17:13
Complete Works of Liszt, Volume 30
8. Paganini Etude No. 3, “La campanella”, LW A173 5:01
Complete Works of Liszt, Volume 12
9. Paganini Etude No. 4, “Arpeggio”, LW A173 2:02
Complete Works of Liszt, Volume 12
(Recording dates uncertain)

CD 2 (73:07)

Gunnar Johansen continued:

1. Fantasy on Beethoven’s The Ruins of Athens”, LW A177 10:36
Complete Works of Liszt, Volume 30
2. Transcendental Etude No. 5, “Feux Follets”, LW A172 3:57
Complete Works of Liszt, Volume 4
3. Transcendental Etude No. 6, “Vision”, LW A172 4:27
Complete Works of Liszt, Volume 4
4. Transcendental Etude No. 10 (untitled - Allegro agitato molto), LW A172 4:13
Complete Works of Liszt, Volume 4

Claudio Arrau:

Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, Italie
5. Après une lecture du Dante (“Dante Sonata”), LW A55, No. 7 17:42
August 1982, Salzburg
Sonata in B Minor, LW A179
6. Lento assai - Allegro energico 11:29
7. Andante sostenuto 7:03
8. Allegro energico 10:31
November 1977, Toronto
9. Deux études de concert, No. 2: “Gnomenreigen”, LW A218 3:10
May 1963, Lugano


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