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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Franz Liszt, Berlioz Transcriptions, Feng Bian, Piano
Berlioz and then Wagner expanded the scope and radicalized the romantic symphony orchestra while Liszt was doing the same for the piano. It was only natural that he would embark on a series of piano transcriptions of both. In today's volume we hear his Berlioz Transcriptions (Naxos 8.573710). It is a somewhat judicious assortment of the well-known: the "Dance des Sylphes de la Damnation de Faust," and several chestnuts extracted from "Sinfonie Fantastique" (the "March au supplice" and "L'idee fixe" theme); and the somewhat lesser known: the "Ouverture des Francs-Juges."
All of it is as well configured and as well played by pianist Feng Bian as one might hope.
This one is serious and also lots of fun! Berlioz is transformed and much good it does him.