Liszt & Wagner - Piano Works | Chandos CHAN10938

Liszt & Wagner - Piano Works

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN10938

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 3rd March 2017

Contents

Works

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 2nd Year, S161
» no.1 Sposalizio
» no.2 Il penseroso
» no.3 Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa
» no.5 Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Gretchen aus Faust-Symphonie, S513
Isolde's Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (Wagner), S447
La lugubre gondola I, S200/1
Valses oubliees (4), S215
» no.2 in A flat major

Wagner, Richard

Elegie in A flat major
Tristan und Isolde
» Prelude (trans. Kocsis)

Artists

Imogen Cooper (piano)

Works

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 2nd Year, S161
» no.1 Sposalizio
» no.2 Il penseroso
» no.3 Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa
» no.5 Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Gretchen aus Faust-Symphonie, S513
Isolde's Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (Wagner), S447
La lugubre gondola I, S200/1
Valses oubliees (4), S215
» no.2 in A flat major

Wagner, Richard

Elegie in A flat major
Tristan und Isolde
» Prelude (trans. Kocsis)

Artists

Imogen Cooper (piano)

About

After highly successful recordings of works by Brahms, the Schumanns, and Chopin, Imogen Cooper plunges into the world of another great romantic, Franz Liszt, and places him alongside that other giant, Richard Wagner.

This is an evocative programme of original compositions and intimate transcriptions, ranging from poetic movements from the Années de Pèlerinage: Italie to darker and deeply elegiac pieces, including Liszt’s La lugubre gondola I and Wagner’s Elegie. It also features a transcription by Zoltán Kocsis of the intensely passionate prelude to Tristan und Isolde. The famous pianist and conductor died prematurely in November 2016. It was his work that inspired this recording to begin with, and Imogen Cooper dedicates the disc to his memory.

Breathtaking music in unique interpretations: romanticism without melodrama, virtuosity without fuss.

Reviews

Cooper’s keyboard mastery is as searching as the music itself: the whirling bravura of the Deuxième valse oubliée and Bagatelle sans tonalité has their harmonic world sounding astonishingly forward-looking. Her way of balancing chords mesmerises the ear... This is altogether exceptional music-making, graced for good measure with the warmly beautiful acoustic of Snape Maltings Concert Hall.  Malcolm Hayes (Instrumental Choice)
BBC Music Magazine May 2017

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