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LISZT: Dante Symphony / Dante Sonata (arr. for 2 pianos) (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 26)

Composer(s):Liszt, Franz
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570516
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2007

During the 19th century it became common practice to transcribe large symphonic works for use as a piano duet, enabling the music to be heard in locations where orchestras were not available. That was all the more important in choral works where amateur groups found difficulty in meeting the cost of hiring musicians. Arrangements sometimes came from the composer, but it was more often left to hack writers working for publishers. That Liszt took time to arrange his Dante Symphony for two pianos was special, made even more so when he included it in his performing repertoire. Today with frequent concert and recorded versions of the orchestral version, it does seems like a fine drawing on a musical canvass awaiting the composer to add the colours that will bring it to life. Where a



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