Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Franz Liszt - Dernières Pièces pour Piano (1870-1885)

Who has not been surprised to learn from consulting a list of Lszt's works, that the bulk of his compositions, including the works which made him famous, date from the first forty-five years of his life ? Other great composers, on the other hand, did not produce their masterpieces until they reached full maturity : was Liszt's creative strength therefore exhausted ? The pieces that the composed for piano during the last fifteen years of his life provide, in my opinion, a reply to this question.
These are not vast and long works : "Moments musicaux" would be a more appropriate designation for these "visions" of free composition, which emenate from the most intimate feelings of the keing. One gets the impression that Liszt, who became abbé at the age of 53, suffered not only from perpetual crises in life, but that he also foresaw better that anyone else and faced the crisis which half a century later was to lead to the end f the tonal era. So do the new paths that Liszt embarked pon show signs of his originality, whether in the lyric elegies of the seventies or in the threnodies ("The Burial of Mosony" and the "Prelude and Funeral March"), or again in the last little character pieces (En rêve, "Bagatelle without tonality"). His musical experiments which already anticipated French impressionism in some of his earlier works, developed now in all possible and imaginable directions, even to the foreshadowing of tonality.
Andrea Bonatta, translated by Frank Dobbins, from the booklet

Franz Liszt
Dernières Pièces pour piano


1 Mosonyis Grabgeleit  6:56
2 Elegie n° 1  4:53
3 Dem Andenken Petöfis  3:49
4 Elegie n° 2  4:08
5 Nuages gris (Trübe Wolken)  2:26
6 Die Trauer-Gondel (La lugubre gondola I), for piano (in 6/8)  4:10
7 Die Trauer-Gondel (La Lugubre gondola II), for piano (in 4/4)  7:27
8 R.W.-Venezia  3:58
9 Schlaflos, Frage und Antwort (Insomnie !, I & II), nocturne for piano  2:08
10 Am Grabe Richard Wagners  2:52
11 Unstern ! Sinistre, disastro  6:17
12 Trauervorspiel und Trauermarsch  6:15
13 En rêve, Nocturne for piano  2:25
14 Bagatelle sans tonalité  3:03

Andrea Bonatta - p
"Piano Liszt" Eduard Steingraeber, Bayreuth 1873.

Recorded at Bayreuth, Jugend Kulturzentrum, Germany ; July 1990


HuaHua said...

Wow! I was completely unaware of the existence of these Bonatta/Steingraeber recordings. I suppose they did not last long in the catalogue... Not that I care too much for Liszt, but this is a great historical piano. Many thanks!

usaiditma said...

thank you sir...just what I needed to zone out

Melanchthon said...

Ананасий Непитин said...

late Liszt oeuvre ascetic and prolific all shows us both the new paths of developing the European music along with their dangers. it's similar to drinking of clean water after many sorts of exotic drinks. his earlier pieces brought a feeling of newness with its intoxicating taste, but did not quench the thirst like his mature works. and his Bagatelle ohne Tonart is really a rare gem.
i'm glad to hear some of those works, totally unknown for me.

Adrian said...

Thanks a lot for these rare Liszt works.
If you want to find out the true Liszt persona as a musical titan just check out for his portrait at National Gallery of Art in Budapest by Munkácsy Mihály (the one with the hands on his knees)

lord farell said...

Can u please give me the PW for this one,
Lord Farell

lord farell said...

Can u please give me the PW for this one,
Lord Farell