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LISZT, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Totentanz (Nebolsin, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko)

Composer(s):Liszt, Franz
Artist(s) Petrenko, Vasily, Conductor • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraNebolsin, Eldar, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570517
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Franz Liszt’s two piano concertos amply display both his extraordinary pianistic ability and his originality as an influential Romantic composer. The first, premiered in Weimar in 1855 with Berlioz conducting, is a path-breaking tour de force whose four movements, played without break and thematically linked, moved Bartók to acclaim it as “the first perfect realisation of cyclic sonata form”. The second, equally brilliant but more integrated, exemplifies Liszt’s belief that “New wine demands new bottles”. The Totentanz (Dance of Death), perhaps inspired by an Italian fresco, is a powerful series of variations on the Medieval Dies irae chant.


Review By Chris Green,,October 2011

Liszt…spanned a variety of styles of important figures in the musical world. [The concertos] demonstrate his fluency for piano writing but also using the orchestra in an economical but interesting way. From Naxos Records, the two concertos are coupled with Totentanz in a vivid recording in which the newly invigorated Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by soloist Eldar Nebolsin and conducted by Vasily Petrenko who is making considerable waves in the north-west of England. © 2011

Review By Julian Haylock,Classic FM,January 2009

For many years Krystian Zimerman (on Deutsche Grammophon), and Sviatoslav Richter and Alfred Brendel (both on Philips) have held sway for imparting a refreshing nobility and purity to these blockbuster showpieces. It is a mark of the Uzbekistan pianist Eldar Nebolsin’s achievement here that he not only survives comparison with these legendary figures, but brings a magical intensity to the concertos’ many passages of quiet repose that is very much in a class of its own. Some may miss the adrenaline-saturated bravado of Samson Francois and Georges Cziffra (both on EMI), but for Liszt playing of heart-warming sensitivity, wisdom and poetic insight Nebolsin has few rivals. Excellent accompaniment from the RLPO and Petrenko.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,November 2008

The Tashkent-born pianist, Eldar Nebolsin, completed his list of competition successes by winning the first Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition held in Moscow in 2005. He had already built a reputation as one of today’s outstanding young keyboard exponents, appearing with more than a hundred of the most famous orchestras. Now thirty-four, he has a commanding presence at the piano, his intensely expressive accounts of the two Liszt’s two piano concertos a most stimulating experience. There are moments when he brings a personal touch, particularly in his spacious approach to slow passages, but as a library copy that is faithful to the composer in terms of dynamics and rhythmic exactitude, you need look no further. Like many of today’s younger



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