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LISZT: Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 (arr. for 2 pianos) (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 28)

Composer(s):Liszt, Franz
Artist(s) Wass, Ashley, piano • McCawley, Leon, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570466
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99



Review By Bob Briggs,MusicWeb International,August 2008

The Liszt arrangements of the Beethoven Symphonies are quite something—and something else if you’re a pianist…These arrangements are not for home consumption—they are fiendishly difficult…This is a very exciting and satisfying account of Beethoven’s Ninth, given by two of the best young pianists working today. An absolute must.

Review By Michael Cookson,Classical Net,June 2008

The joyously melodic and satirical drama of the Molto vivace is given a performance of spirit and exhilaration. I loved the way the oceanic emotional depths of the Adagio molto e cantabile—Andante moderato were conveyed as a sublime outpouring of exaltation. …Throughout I was struck by feelings of intense turbulence, high drama and energy, laced with rapture, combined with a sense of spiritual conviction for this wonderful music.

… I was impressed by the sound quality produced at the popular recording venue of the Potton Hall, Suffolk.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,April 2008

The high regard that Franz Liszt held for Beethoven was nowhere more exemplified than in the transcription of his symphonies versions for solo piano solo featuring in his recital repertoire that he toured through Europe. The Ninth, however, caused him misgivings in his inability to reproduce the choral contribution in the finale. His partial answer to that was to use two pianos. That transcription was eventually completed in 1851, its viability first tested by Clara Schumann and the young Johannes Brahms in a private performance. Dividing the task between four hands does offer more scope to fill out the texture to give an idea of the orchestra’s weight, the finale being one of the most powerful moments in the four hand repertoire. Liszt still wrote out the chorus words



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