Tuesday, 21 July 2009

284. Franz Liszt - Anées de Pelerinage (1837-77)


Title: Annees de Pelerinage I-III
Performer: Alfred Brendel, Zoltan Kocsis
Year: 1986
Length: 2 hours 27 minutes


Maybe my problem is not so much with disjointed piano pieces as it is with Schumann, that's what I immediately though when hearing this recording of Liszt's Annees de Pelerinage.

Actually Liszt's pieces are much longer on average than Schumann's and therefore they do have more space to develop. And when they do develop they are pretty amazing. There are moments where Liszt sounds astoundingly modern, although we can't forget that this work spans forty years, the first batch is already pretty astounding.

Au Lac de Wallenstadt, for example sound almost ambient-like, reminding me of composers of the second half of the 20th century in it's simple melodic line and effective emotional impact. Essential.

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Liszt's complete musical style is evident in this masterwork, which ranges from virtuosic fireworks to sincerely moving emotional statements. His musical maturity can be seen evolving through his experience and travel. The third volume is especially notable as an example of his later style. It was composed well after the first two volumes and displays less showy virtuosity and more harmonic experimentation.

Kempff plays Au Lac de Wallenstadt:

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