Liszt - Complete Piano Music Vol.57: Buch der Lieder, Geharnischte Lieder | Naxos 8574106

Liszt - Complete Piano Music Vol.57: Buch der Lieder, Geharnischte Lieder

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574106

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 26th March 2021



It was natural for virtuoso performer Franz Liszt to expand his repertoire by transcribing his songs for solo piano. The human voice is the purest of musical instruments, and composers have always been inspired by its warmth, expression and emotional power. Liszt’s masterful command of the piano and his ability to transform vocal lines into purely instrumental sounds is evident throughout this album: the dramatic narrative in both versions of Die Loreley, the watery, arpeggiated texture of Am Rhein im schönen Strome and the orchestral qualities of Gastibelza being only a few examples of these pianistic treasures.

Franz Liszt’s two volumes of Buch der Lieder are rarely enough recorded, and as far as we know this is the only release that has both volumes on a single disc. Liszt’s virtuoso writing is of course in evidence here, but the need for allowing the lyrical expression of these songs to shine through means that there is a translucency and essential compactness to these transcriptions that makes them rather special.

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