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Conductor: Franz Liszt
Deuxième Valse oubliée, S 215/2
À Madame la Baronne de Meyendorff née Princesse Gortschakoff
Gretchen, S 513
Part II from Eine Faust-Symphonie in drei Charakterbildern (nach Goethe), S 108
Transcribed for Piano by the Composer
Four Pieces from 'Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième Année: Italie', S161
Sposalizio. Andante - Andante quieto - Più lento - Quasi allegretto mosso - Adagio
Il penseroso. Lento
Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa. Andante marziale
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca. Agitato assai -- Adagio - [ ] - Adagio
Niages gris, S 199
Elegie, WWV 93
in A flat major • in As- Dur • en la bémol majeur
Einleitung zu 'Tristan und Isolde', WWV 90
Transcribed for Piano by Zoltán Kocsis (1952-2016)
Langsam und schmachtend - Belebend -
Allmählich im Zeitmaß etwas zurückhaltend
La lugubre gondola I, S 200/1
(Die Trauer-Gondel Nr. 1)
Isoldens Liebestod aus 'Tristan und Isolde', S 447
Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt
Bagatelle sans tonalité, S 216a
(Bagatelle ohne Tonart)
Allegretto mosso - [Quasi cadenza] - [Tempo I]
Total time: 74:36
Solo: Imogen Cooper piano
After highly successful recordings of works by Brahms, the Schumanns, and Chopin, Imogen Cooper plunges into the world of another great romantic, Franz Liszt, and places him alongside that other giant, Richard Wagner.
This is an evocative programme of original compositions and intimate transcriptions, ranging from poetic movements from the Années de Pèlerinage: Italie to darker and deeply elegiac pieces, including Liszt’s La lugubre gondola I and Wagner’s Elegie. It also features a transcription by Zoltán Kocsis of the intensely passionate prelude to Tristan und Isolde. The famous pianist and conductor died prematurely in November 2016. It was his work that inspired this recording to begin with, and Imogen Cooper dedicates the disc to his memory.
Breathtaking music in unique interpretations: romanticism without melodrama, virtuosity without fuss.
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“...Cooper’s keyboard mastery is as searching as the music itself ... This is altogether exceptional music-making, graced for good measure with the warmly beautiful acoustic of Snape Maltings Concert Hall.”
Malcolm Hayes – BBC Music magazine – May 2017
“... This generous 75 minute recital is carefully chosen, and draws on Liszt’s output from over 40 years. There’s a tremendous range of music here ... Cooper is extremely musical throughout, and this recording will bring great pleasure ...”
David Mellor – ClassicFM.com – 6 March 2017
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