Franz Liszt Biography

Marc-Andre Hamelin - Franz Liszt: Paganini Studies & Schubert Marches (2002)

Marc-André Hamelin - Franz Liszt: Paganini Studies & Schubert Marches (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 181 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA 67370 | Time: 00:57:50

Marc-André Hamelin returns to Liszt with this imperious recording, containing works based on music by two composers who were a great influence on the young composer/pianist: the Paganini Etudes and three Schubert Marches. Paganini was the foremost virtuoso of his day, on any instrument, and having heard him in Paris in 1832 Liszt was determined to replicate his showmanship and mastery on the piano. His Etudes, based on Paganini's infamous Caprices (the nearest the violinist came to notating in full the extraordinary acrobatics he often improvised on stage), are the culmination of this early creative spark. Marc-André Hamelin plays the final 1851 version. Liszt was devoted to Schubert, and transcribed many of his songs for piano, as well as marches and other works; the three marches on this disc are based on various rarely heard Schubert marches for piano duet. Marc-André Hamelin's virtuosity is both nonchalant and dazzling, and he brings wit and sparkle to the Paganini Etudes, and great power and architechtural control to the Schubert Marches. A must for piano lovers everywhere.
Maurizio Pollini - Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Late Piano Works (1990)

Maurizio Pollini - Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Late Piano Works (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 133 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Covers included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 427 322-2 | Time: 00:45:43

No prizes for predicting that this Liszt B minor Sonata is technically flawless and beautifully structured. What may come as more of a shock (though not to those who have followed Pollini's career closely) is its sheer passion. To say that he plays as if his life depended on it is an understatement, and those who regularly accuse him of coolness should sit down in a quiet room with this recording, a decent hi-fi system and a large plateful of their own words. The opening creates a sense of coiled expectancy, without recourse to a mannered delivery such as Brendel's on Philips, and Pollini's superior fingerwork is soon evident. His virtuosity gains an extra dimension from his ability at the same time to convey resistance to it—the double octaves are demonstrably a fraction slower than usual and yet somehow feel faster, or at least more urgent. There is tensed steel in the very fabric of the playing. By the two-minute mark so much passion has been unleashed one is bound to wonder if it has not all happened too soon. But that is to underestimate Pollini's unerring grasp of the dramatic structure and its psychological progression from paragraph to paragraph; it is also to underestimate his capacity to find extra technical resources when it would seem beyond the power of flesh and blood to do so.
Zoltan Kocsis, Budapest FO, Ivan Fischer - Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos; Erno von Dohnanyi: Variations on a Nursery Song (1989)

Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos; Ernö von Dohnányi: Variations on a Nursery Song (1989)
Zoltán Kocsis, piano; Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 251 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 422 380-2 | Time: 01:00:36

So what if Liszt spent most of his life in France and Germany and never learned to speak Hungarian? The music of the Magyars' fiery favorite son played by a hot-blooded local boy is an irresistible combination. Even the delightful Dohnanyi filler (variations on ''Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'') doesn't really douse the flames. Put it in the CD player and let 'er rip! Just be sure to remove all flammable vestments first. (Entertainment Weekly)

Byron Janis - True Romantic: Frederic Chopin & Franz Liszt (1999)  Music

Posted by Designol at April 19, 2018
Byron Janis - True Romantic: Frederic Chopin & Franz Liszt (1999)

Byron Janis - True Romantic: Frédéric Chopin & Franz Liszt (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 155 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Angel/EMI Classics | # 7243 5 56780 2 7 | Time: 00:56:28

For while it would be idle to pretend that this 70-year-old virtuoso, struck down at the height of his career with psoriatic arthritis, still commands the velocity and reflex of his earlier years, his later Chopin and Liszt are a tribute to a devotion and commitment gloriously enriched by experience. The First Impromptu is piquantly voiced and phrased while the C sharp minor Etude, Op. 25 No. 7, could hardly be more hauntingly confided, more ‘blue’ or inturned. How you miss the repeat in the C sharp minor Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 3 (not Op. 15, as the jewel-case claims), given such cloudy introspection and if there are moments when you recall how Rubinstein – forever Chopin’s most aristocratic spokesman – can convey a world of feeling in a scarcely perceptible gesture, Janis’s brooding intensity represents a wholly personal, only occasionally overbearing, alternative; an entirely different point of view. Time and again he tells us that there are higher goods than surface polish or slickness and in the valedictory F minor Mazurka, Op. 68 No. 4 he conveys a dark night of the soul indeed, an emotion almost too desolating for public utterance… Janis is no less remarkable in Liszt, whether in the brief but intriguing Sans mesure (a first performance and recording), in a Sonetto 104 del Petrarca as tear-laden as any on record and in a final Liebestod of an exhausting ardour and focus.
Bruce Levingston - Nightbreak: Works by Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Rihm, Philip Glass (2011) [Repost]

Bruce Levingston - Nightbreak (2011)
works by Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Rihm, Philip Glass

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 205 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sono Luminus | # DSL-92144 | Time: 01:03:45

In his release, Nightbreak, acclaimed pianist Bruce Levingston has recorded an album of works that display the light and dark of the human soul. From the dramatic sound-portraits of Franz Liszt’s powerful and moving “Vallée d’Obermann” and Brahms anguished “Edward” Ballade to the world premiere recording of Philip Glass’s brilliant and thrilling “Dracula Suite”, Levingston’s virtuosic and deeply searching performance on this CD captures a panoramic range of colors and emotions. The second release in a triptych by Mr. Levingston for Sono Luminus, Nightbreak also contains Mr. Levingston’s signature creative programming with elegant and poetic interpretations of nocturnes and waltzes by Liszt, Brahms and Wolfgang Rihm. In addition, he has recorded Liszt’s magnificent, impressionistic “Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este”, a tour de force of color and chiaroscuro in sound.
Vincenzo Maltempo - Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies Complete (2CD) (2016)

Vincenzo Maltempo - Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies Complete (2CD) (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 244.57 Mb (CD1) + 238.14 Mb (CD2) | 2:30:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Piano Classics - PCLD0108

Many music lovers and keyboard enthusiasts still believe that Liszt was a light-weight composer, given to bouts of bombast and virtuoso writing for its own sake. There is more than a grain of truth to that, but there's more to Liszt than many of his detractors realize, even in these Rhapsodies which are largely viewed as uneven creations, that at their best feature colorful music of relatively little depth. Yes, there is a good measure of confection in them – mostly good confection though – but there's also much solid Liszt in these scores. Nos. 2 and 6, for all their flash and bravura, are well crafted, brilliant pieces. #3 is not popular but also quite a fine work, as are Nos. 5, 9, 14, 15 and, despite its structural flaws, 12. I personally have great fondness for the late Rhapsodies, Nos. 16 – 19, which are all somewhat darker in mood and less virtuosic on the whole.
Arthur Ancelle & Ludmila Berlinskaya - Franz Liszt: 2 Sonatas for 2 Pianos (2016)

Arthur Ancelle & Ludmila Berlinskaya - Franz Liszt: 2 Sonatas for 2 Pianos (2016)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | Artwork: front cover | 203 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | 01:01:51 | 142 mb
Classical | Label: Melodiya / 10 02463

Firma Melodiya presents a recording of two-piano transcriptions by Franz Liszt and Camille Saint-Saëns performed by the piano duet of Ludmila Berlinskaya and Arthur Ancelle. Representatives of famous artistic dynasties and alumni of different music performing traditions, they began to jointly perform in 2011 and have won the listeners’ hearts in Russia, France and Switzerland.

The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt, Volume 3, Part 1  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by ksveta6 at Jan. 11, 2018
The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt, Volume 3, Part 1

The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt, Volume 3, Part 1: Dramaturgical Leaves: Essays about Musical Works for the Stage and Queries about the Stage, Its Composers, and Performers by Janita R. Hall-Swadley
2013 | ISBN: 0810882981 | English | 284 pages | EPUB | 2 MB
Ferenc Fricsay, Stanislav Macura, Herbert von Karajan, Rafael Kubelik - Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol. 1 (2017)

Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol. 1 (2017)
RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsay; Prague RSO, Stanislav Macura
Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan; Bavarian RSO, Rafael Kubelik

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 422 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga | # PRD/DSD 350 124 | Time: 01:19:56

Both the term symphonic poem and the form itself were invented by Franz Liszt, who in works such as Les Préludes (1848; after Alphonse de Lamartine’s Méditations poétiques) used thematic transformation to parallel the poetic emotions. That’s true again with Byron (Tasso, lamento e trionfo), Schiller (Die Ideale) and Victor Hugo (Mazeppa). A winning quartet!

The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt: F. Chopin  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by Willson at Sept. 28, 2017
The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt: F. Chopin

Janita R. Hall-Swadley, Jolanta T. Pekacz, "The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt: F. Chopin"
English | 2011 | ISBN: 0810881012 | 310 pages | EPUB | 3.6 MB