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LISZT: Symphonic Poems, Vol. 3

Composer(s):Liszt, Franz
Artist(s) Halasz, Michael, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557846
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


In his 13 symphonic poems, inspired by the visual or literary arts, Liszt broke away from the standard four-movement symphony to create a one-movement composition of frequently contrasting moods, unified through thematic transformations of a single, recurring musical idea. The first of these, Ce qu’on entend sur la montagne, is based on a poem by Victor Hugo, while Battle of the Huns takes it inspiration from a painting of the struggle between the Christian Emperor Theodoric and the pagan Attila the Hun before the gates of Rome. Volumes 1 and 2 of the symphonic poems conducted by Michael Halász are available on 8.550487 and 8.553355.


   




Review By Chris Green,www.opusklassiek.nl,October 2011

The symphonic poems are amongst Liszt’s most significant contribution to musical development. The recording catalogue is not short of excellent recordings but in this selection I must mention two. From Naxos Records there is a most impressive programme of three of the thirteen poems with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Halasz…I am increasingly becoming impressed with the quality of the band from “down under”, and here they do not disappoint with a thrilling account of this trio of symphonic poems ending Battle of the Huns (Hunnenschlacht). © 2011 www.opusklassiek.nl



Review By Chris Green,www.opusklassiek.nl,October 2011

The symphonic poems are amongst Liszt’s most significant contribution to musical development. The recording catalogue is not short of excellent recordings but in this selection I must mention two. From Naxos Records there is a most impressive programme of three of the thirteen poems with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Halasz…I am increasingly becoming impressed with the quality of the band from “down under”, and here they do not disappoint with a thrilling account of this trio of symphonic poems ending Battle of the Huns (Hunnenschlacht). © 2011 www.opusklassiek.nl



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Both Chandos and Naxos are making a survey of Liszt’s symphonic poems, and while in this instance Halász and his New Zealand forces don’t quite equal the outstanding excellence of the Chandos recording, this collection is still impressively played and recorded, and many collectors may feel that the Naxos price is about right for these works. They are by no means top-quality Liszt but are still worth having on disc when the performances are so idiomatically committed.








 

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