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V1 Comp Tone Poems

Franz Liszt Audio CD

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Disc: 1
1. Ce Qu'on Entend Sur La Montagne
2. Tasso, Lamento E Trionfo
3. Les Preludes
Disc: 2
1. Orpheus
2. Prometheus
3. Mazeppa
4. Festklange

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The noted music critic, conductor, and author Donald Francis Tovey described Liszt's Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne (What You Hear on the Mountaintop) as a series of "introductions to introductions," and truth to tell, it does go on. But then again, all of Liszt's symphonic poems are experiments of one sort or another. He invented the form, and although he may not have gotten every one of them absolutely right (meaning there are dull spots here and there), there are more than enough interesting moments to keep your ears occupied. Just make sure that you take them one at a time, and don't use them as background music. What Liszt does with the tunes is more important than the tunes themselves, so you must pay close attention. --David Hurwitz

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See for yourself Jan. 6 2000
By Mauricio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Liszt is one of the most underestimated composers of all time, but I'm sure that anyone who listens carefully to recordings like this can change his mind. The only problem I see in understanding this pieces is that their richness (in all senses) make it necessary to listen to them again in order to understand them more deeply. Yet I can say that the exact same thing is true with Beethoven, Bach, Mahler, and all the other hyper-estimated composers. Looking closer, the problem must be that this pieces are almost never played, so it's difficult to know them before you buy a record like this. I say, don't let yourself go with the general prejudice against the Lisztian inovations : the two recordings by Haitink and the other two by Kurt Masur with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester are a necessity to every curious listener. Each poem is a masterpiece, and you'll hear the orchestra sound like you have never imagined.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but pales in comparison with Mazur Sept. 6 2004
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I enjoyed these poems but the "authenticity" was lacking in my opinion. Liszt is one of those composers beloved by the public but scorned bt the "experts" - another case of being so smart you don't know anything. The Symphonic Poems are one of those ultra-Romantic creations that seemed to spring fully-grown from the pen. Each one is related to a story or mood, although with the level of knowledge from today's education few would recognize let alone understand the connection.

How many people could even tell you who Prometheus or Goethe or Schiller was much less how the piece related to them? Les Prelude was good (not great) as was Orpheus. Mazeppa, the most dramatic of the set, came off sultry rather than scintillating.

Then again, I am comparing everything to the incredible recording by Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Those two sets are the apex of Liszt recordings (MHS only).
4.0 out of 5 stars Good performance March 22 2014
By jhan - Published on Amazon.com
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I got the volume 2 of this version. I listened to it and I like the performance. My favorite three pieces--Tasso, Les Preludes, and Mazeppa are all in the Volume 1. So, I decided to buy this Volume 1.
5.0 out of 5 stars Liszt Tone Poems I Oct. 23 2013
By Craig Borgman - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been looking for a total compilation of great quality for some time, and I found it in this set!
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... March 3 2002
By Alexander Cronin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While the recordings on this CD are nothing to complain about, the quality on several of the songs is slightly staticky, and sounds mildly muffled (not as much ambience and echoing as needed to make these songs have full effect, especially on Mazeppa). Unless you really want the Symphonic Poem No. 1, you'd do better to stick with other recordings. The first of the poems is very hard to find and this is the reason I bought this CD. Unfortunately, it falls under the staticky song category.

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