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CHAN 10524 - Liszt: Symphonic Poems, Volume 5
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Available From: 01 May 2009
Based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, Liszt’s Dante Symphony was completed in 1856 and dedicated to his friend and mentor, Richard Wagner. Liszt had conceived a work that was to combine music, poetry and the visual arts. He wrote to Wagner in 1855 ‘I have long been carrying a Dante Symphony in my head – this year I intend to get it down on paper. There are to be three movements, Hell, Purgatory and Paradise – the first two for orchestra alone, the last with chorus. Liszt inscribed Wagner’s copy of the Dante Symphony, ‘As Virgil guided Dante, so you have guided me through the mysterious regions of the life-imbued worlds of tone. From the depths of his heart calls to you ‘Tu sei lo mio maestro, e il mio autore!’ and dedicates this work to ‘you in unchangeably faithful love, your F.Liszt.’ Liszt quotes the words Dante spoke to Virgil, ‘You are my master, and my author’ from Inferno, canto 1, line 85.

Two Legends complements Dante Symphony. It is best known as a solo piano work, and is rarely recorded in its orchestral version. This makes for a useful addition to the catalogue.

“This is a worthy conclusion to an unquestionably significant and timely project. Beyond its appeal to Lisztians and students of Romanticism, Volume 5 of the Symphonic Poems will afford tremendous pleasure to lovers of fine orchestral playing. Most highly recommended."
Patrick Rucker

International Record Review - July/August 2009

“ …… I cannot praise his [Noseda) Dante Symphony  highly enough, and both orchestra and choir really do themselves proud-as do  the Chandos engineers”

American Record Guide - September/October 2009

“Liszt’s mastery at musical depictions of dramatic fury is borne out by this arresting performance of this two-part but multifaceted symphony inspired by Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio, which comes as the fifth volume of  Chando’s survey of his symphonic poems. There are intimations of Paradiso, too, in the passages of more cosseting, spiritual aspiration, Gianandrea Noseda drawing his sizeable forces into a tableau that is full of incident, whether serenely contemplative or buffeted by the whirlwinds of eternal damnation.”

The Telegraph - May 2009

"The fifth volume in Gianandrea Noseda’s authoritative cycle with the BBC Philharmonic, this is also the most technically and interpretively exacting programme. Textural precision is foremost in ‘Deux Légendes’, with an exhilarating wash of low brass, low woodwind and frenzied strings in ‘St Francois de paule marchant sur les flots’. Most impressive, however, is Nodesda’s navigation of the bombastic colourations of ‘Eine symphonie zu dantes Divina Comdedia."

The Independent - May 2009

"Once again Chandos has done the orchestra and conductor proud in a recorded sound of a special brilliance and transparency."
Bryce Morrison

Gramophone - August 2009

"This is volume 5 of the series, which has been a real voyage of discovery for me."

Liverpool Evening News


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