Friday, March 27, 2015

François-René Duchable Plays Franz Liszt

Of all the great names of the piano, none is greater than Liszt's : for he was not only a dazzling virtuoso and an improviser of genius, but also an exceptional composer, fascinated by all that was new, and most prolific. It was the combination of these qualities that enabled him to revolutionise the approach to the instrumeny, to the extent that today he is still looked on as a modern.
The works recorded here are all the better chosen for the real musical expressiveness that goes with their characteristic pianistic virtuosity of Liszt's innovations. It may be partly due to the fact that none of these works was actually composed during his virtuoso period itself, which was in his youth, when he was working above all as a soloist, but that they all profit from the serious consideration Liszt subsequently devoted to his work, having abandonned his virtuoso career. The Blessing of God in Solitude and above all the Sonata date from the period when he was at Weimar in his maturity and at the peak of his creative genius. It was at this time that he discovered orchestral writing and — through the symphonic poems — applied his aesthetic study of programme music ; the two Legends are of slightly later date and belong to the third and last period, when he was above all preoccupied by religious ideas...
Anne Bongrain, from the Booklet (translated by John Underwood)

Franz Liszt


Sonate en Si mineur
1 Lento assai - Allegro energico - Quasi adagio  6:46
2 Allegro energico  2:16
3 Recitativo - Andante sostenuto - Quasi adagio  9:19
4 Allegro energico - Più mosso - Stretta quasi presto - Presto  9:31
Prestissimo - Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Lento assai

Deux Légendes
5 Saint-François d'Assise. La Prédication aux Oiseaux  9:44
6 Saint-François de Paule marchant sur les flots  8:16

7 Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude  16:13
(Harmonies poétiques et religieuses)


François-René Duchable - p

Recorded at Salle Adyar, Paris ; May, 1984


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