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Liszt * R Strauss * Wagner

Magazine article Gramophone

Liszt * R Strauss * Wagner

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Liszt * R Strauss * Wagner

'Reminiscences' Liszt Premiere Elegie, S130fer. Romance oubliee, S132fer. Am Grabe Richard Wagners, S135 R Strauss Violin Sonata, Op 18. An einsamer Quelle, Op 9 No 2. Cacilie, Op 27 No 2 Wagner Mignonne. Wesendonck-Lieder--Traume. Albumblatt. Ankunft bei den schwarzen Schwanen. Die Meistersinger von Niirnberg Prize Song

Lisa Schatzman vn Benjamin Engeli pf

Claves [F] 50-1103 (67' * DDD)

The composer's names are familiar but the titles--and the medium in which they're written--are mostly unknown. Having defined big-orchestra 19th-century composition, Wagner, Liszt and Strauss are heard here in transcriptions, early works and private pieces that aren't widely known, many of them originating as songs--and reminding us how often that was at the core of their grandest conceptions. Revelations? I didn't have any; but the album is pleasant company, thanks partly to the ingratiating playing and acoustically inviting sound of the disc.

The better-known pieces include a transcript of Wagner's 'Tribune' from the Wesondonck-Lieder and the Strauss song 'Cacilie'. …

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