Bradshaw & Buono Play Liszt
FRANZ LISZT Bradshaw & Buono Play Liszt TROY039 - Price: $16.99
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Sparkling, energetic performances.

This recording demonstrates three aspects of the towering genius of Liszt - the virtuoso, the transcriber, and the visionary. Throughout most of his life, Liszt was essentially a musical transcendentalist and evidence of this can be found in both his pianistic and compositional technique. No one had ever before asked a pianist to perform such technical difficulties that pervade his music. And while the sheer virtuosity of his works create enormous excitement there is also a stunning dramatic and emotional impact created by it. And yet when he chooses to speak in a simple, direct way he is masterful. These same qualities are clearly exhibited in his two-piano and four-hand works that number some 107 compositions and include original pieces, transcriptions, and reworkings of his own music. Indeed, the intrinsic greatness and scope of his work is indisputable.
Contents:
Franz Liszt, composer
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Cosmo Buono, David Bradshaw, duo-piano


Franz Liszt, composer
Fest-Polonaise
Cosmo Buono, David Bradshaw, duo-piano


Franz Liszt, composer
The Entrance of the Guests to the Wartburg
Cosmo Buono, David Bradshaw, duo-piano


Franz Liszt, composer
Benediction and Sermon
Cosmo Buono, David Bradshaw, duo-piano


Franz Liszt, composer
March and Cavatina
Cosmo Buono, David Bradshaw, duo-piano


Franz Liszt, composer
Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam"
Cosmo Buono, David Bradshaw, duo-piano

Review:
"Not another collection of Liszt transcriptions! But that's the point: it is not just another collection. Other than Fest-Polonaise, these are wold premiere recordings, and the transcriptions prove to be typical of Liszt: inventive, technically challenging, and exhilarating....There can be no doubt how much Bradshaw and Buono enjoy playing this music from the buoyant, emotionally committed readings they deliver here....I cannot imagine more satisfying performances of these works." (American Record Guide)
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