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SIG 155

Liszt Abroad

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2009

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Matthew Rose

baritone

Iain Burnside

piano

Rebecca Evans

soprano

Andrew Kennedy

tenor

Venue:

The Warehouse, London



Producer:

Emma Bloxham



Engineer:

Michael Bacon


Tracy Ross



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Piano

Total Time - 79:29
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FRANZ LISZT

1 

Oh! Quand je dors

4:32
2 

Enfant, si j'étais roi

3:02
3 

Gastibelza

7:34
4 

Comment, disaient-ils

1:52
5 

Im Rhein, im schönen Strome

2:56
6 

Die Loreley

6:49
7 

Die Vätergruft

6:04
8 

Petrarch Sonnet No. 104: Pace non trovo

6:40
9 

Petrarch Sonnet No.47: Benedetto sia 'I giono

6:11
10 

Petrarch Sonnet No.123: I' vidi in terra angelici

6:08
11 

Go not, happy day

3:30
12 

Gebet

3:16
13 

Isten veled!

3:13
14 

Morgens steh ich auf und frage

2:06
15 

Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam

2:30
16 

Du bist wie eine Blume

2:26
17 

Wie singt die Lerche schön

2:08
18 

Blume und Duft

2:24
19 

Und wir dachten der Toten

2:13
20 

Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh

3:55
   


Whether from his years touring Europe as a virtuoso pianist or from his later émigré life in Paris and Weimar, Franz Liszt reflects in his song texts his ‘polyglot’ attraction to 19th-Century culture, shown in these setting of French, German, Italian, English, Russian and Hungarian words.

                       Performance *****    -  Recording ****

"After leaving Hungary for Vienna at the age of 11, Liszt spent his remaining 60-odd years away from home, so he was a prime candidate for this musical travelogue, following on the success of the album Britten Abroad. A further incentive lies in the fact that Liszt’s songs are very little known, possible, as Iain Burnside says. Because ‘he stood outside the worlds of both French melodie and German Lieder’.

The 20 songs recorded here cover a vast range of language and expression, from the extraordinary wildness and drama of ‘Gastibelza’ to the rapt stillness of ‘Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh’. Burnside is a faultless guide along this journey, exhibiting power when required but never forcing either tone or pace; and his pianissimo playing reminds me of Gerald Moore’s – I can think of no greater compliment. The singing too is exemplary, with Rebecca Evans’s floated high notes things of exquisite beauty. Matthew Rose, though recorded rather more distantly than his colleagues, takes every dramatic opportunity by the scruff, while Andrew Kennedy registers every shift of mood (the tiny ‘Morgens steh’ ich’ is a particular gem). I would caution only over his English ‘o’s – not quite ‘goo not, happy day’, but ‘cloose’. A tiny point, though, among so many delights."

Roger Nichols

BBC Music Magazine

“The recording is excellent and with a playing time of almost 80 minutes we are offered a lot of music for our money. Signum can be congratulated on another five star disc, which should be heard by every lover of songs”
 

Göran Forsling

MusicalWebInternational.com



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