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CHAN 10417 - Liszt: Symphonic Poems, Volume 3
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Available From: 01 May 2007
Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic continue their spectacular survey, with volume 3 of the complete Symphonic Poems of Franz Liszt.

The previous two volumes have received impressive reviews. Volume 2 was described by Gramophone as offering ‘a performance of supreme clarity and assurance, showing Liszt’s transformation of themes and characters at its height… you could hardly wish for more eloquent advocacy’, and Volume 3 is certain to strengthen this decidedly collectable series.

Noseda’s passionate conducting and innate Italian romanticism bring this music to life, and are perfectly captured in these electrifying performances of four symphonic poems, including the legendary Prometheus and vividly imagined Mazeppa, his most pictorially descriptive work in the genre, based on Victor Hugo’s poem of the same name. These well-known works are coupled with the two rarer programmatic works, Festklänge and Héroïde.

This is a highly desirable series, performed by the superb BBC Philharmonic, which continues to go from strength to strength.

"...The BBC orchestra is again on its toes throughout and th Chandos recording is in the demonstration class."
The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12

Mazeppa is the most familiar of these works, and Noseda gives it a rousing performance – it’s that sort of piece with a lot of overblown bombast and driving rhythms. The recording is what we’ve come to expect from this orchestra and label, with good separation, and a real sense of space.
BBC Music Magazine

No one could ever accuse Liszt of a lack or largesse. And listening to Vol 3 in Chandos’s recordings of the symphonic poems you are made more aware that ever of his role as an over-reacher, a towering figure who sought to loosen all formal constraints and allow the river of Romanticism to rush by in full spate… it says much for the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda that they once more temper drama with discretion. They achieve a special sense of exultance rather than bombast in Festklänge… and they are no less successful in the vast spans of the Héroïde funèbre… Fluent and eloquent as ever, Noseda and his orchestra have once more been superbly recorded.

Both Bernard Haitink and Kurt Masur have previously flown the flag for Liszt’s genius in this genre, but this recording – Chandos sound at its most lively and enveloping – beats them hands down.
The Telegraph

This emotional rollercoaster of a disc forms the third instalment of Gianandrea Noseda’s monumental survey of Liszt’s orchestral music…. Noseda does wonders with it…
The Guardian

Gripping performance…
Classic FM Magazine

Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic continues to win me over to the symphonic Poems of Liszt, Volume 3 from Chandos has the uplifting Festival Sounds, the sombre Heroic Elegy, the horrific Prometheus, with his liver regenerating each night to feed an eagle and the exciting Mazeppa. Fine performances and recorded sound here.
Liverpool Daily Post

The orchestra has developed beautifully under Noseda… A superlative performance
The Independent on Sunday

Reviews for the previous two volumes:
Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic orchestra in scintillating, compellingly atmospheric, deeply considered and richly coloured performances.

The Sunday Times


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