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Liszt: 'Venezia E Napoli'

Magazine article Gramophone

Liszt: 'Venezia E Napoli'

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Liszt

'Venezia e Napoli'

Canzone napoletana, S248. Der Gondelfahrer (Schubert, D809), S559. La lugubre gondola II, S200. Nuits d'ete a Pausilippe, S399. RW--Venezia, S201. Soirees musicales de Rossini, S424--No 2, La regata veneziana; No 4, La gita in gondola; No 9, La danza. Tarantella de Cesar Cui, S482. Tarantella de Dargomijski, S483. Tarantella di bravura d'apres la Tarantelle de 'La muette de Portia' d'Auber, S386. Variations sur 'Le Carnaval de Venise', S700a. Venezia e Napoli, SI62

Costantino Catena pf

Camerata (F) (2) CMCD15133/4 (106' * DDD)

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Costantino Catena has performed the complete piano music of Liszt--a gargantuan task--and his present two-CD album focuses on the two Italian cities closest to Liszt's heart. Central to his theme are the gondola songs of Venice and the whirling tarantella dances of Naples; and if it is true to say that there are no long-lost masterpieces, there is enough of interest to make the second disc, in particular, of absorbing interest.

Catena's choice confirms the journey from joyous sunlit confections to the dark-dyed Romanticism and austerity of Liszt's final years, from 'exuberance of the heart' to 'bitterness of the heart' (Liszt). …

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