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Liszt/Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Transcription for Two Pianos)

Liszt , Beethoven , Wass , McCawley Audio CD
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listen  1. Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D minor, S657/R376, "Choral": I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestosoAshley Wass13:39Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D minor, S657/R376, "Choral": II. Molto vivaceLeon McCawley13:25Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D minor, S657/R376, "Choral": III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderatoAshley Wass12:05Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D minor, S657/R376, "Choral": IV. Finale: PrestoLeon McCawley21:51Album Only


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  • Performer: Wass, McCawley
  • Composer: Beethoven
  • Audio CD (April 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0015DM3B0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10/9 - While the duo maintains rigorous tempo relationships over the Adagio's brisk course, they avoid rigidity by way of discreet rubatos and tasteful lyrical inflections. It is not easy for two-piano teams to sustain long, loud episodes without forcing tone or losing rhythmic steam, yet McCawley and Wass wield the proverbial iron hands in mink gloves in their tightly knit, unified Finale. The sonics are slightly too resonant and bass shy, but the instruments are as well matched and balanced as the pianists. I hope Naxos already has enlisted these artists for Liszt's two-piano version of A Faust Symphony. Highly recommended. -- ClassicsToday.com, Jed Distler, May 2008

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven transcribed - great translation! February 4, 2011
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Anyone who wants to hear a Beethoven 9th will be delighted with the way these pianists play a brilliant transcription of a great symphony. It just doesn't get better than this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Surprise May 5, 2008
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Okay, purists might not like the approach, Beethoven's famous 9th symphony transcribed on two pianos? Maybe the idea seems a little quirky on the surface, but this recording is sure a fun listening experience. When listening to the whole orchestra and chorus playing Beethoven's grand symphony might be a little demanding, what a beautiful way to enjoy the familiar themes and melodies. Stick this one in the CD player with some other solo piano music, jazz or classical, to entertain some dinner guests and watch for the smiles on their faces as they start to recognize Beethoven's 9th on piano.

This isn't for everyone to be sure, but I thoroughly enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last ! February 9, 2013
By Judi
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I have been searching for this transcription since 1975, after the LP was stolen from the Wilson Music Library at the University of British Columbia. I grew up with classical piano music, and much prefer the 9th without the voices. This recording covers both of my pleasures. I have also found that any recording on the Naxos label will be of excellent quality.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Unlike some, I don't object to piano transcriptions of orchestral music; in fact, some of it I like a lot. And I enjoyed Cyprien Katsaris's recordings of Liszt's solo piano transcriptions of all the Beethoven symphonies Beethoven/Liszt: Symphonies Nos. 1-9. I had never heard Liszt's two-piano transcription of the Ninth and was eager to hear this performance. But I have to say that I was brought up short again and again by it. I don't know whether this is due to Liszt's transcription per se or to Ashley Wass's and Leon McCawley's performance. I suspect it is a little of both. In spite of Liszt's indication that he had made a faithful transcription of the orchestral original, I could swear I hear extra counterpoint especially in the finale. But even that isn't so much what I didn't like as what sounds to me like a rather superficial run-through by the two pianists, each of whom I generally admire. Especially in the Scherzo their performance sounds almost perfunctory. The same objection obtains in the recitative portion of the finale. I should think that in their minds the pianists would be singing the words of the soloist there, but it sounds like they just want to get the recitative over with. On the whole the performance of the symphony is faster than usual orchestral timings and this, in my opinion, lessens the impact of the Adagio, which frankly sounds a little rinky-tink as a result of the faster reading coupled with the basic sound of the pianos which are, after all, percussion instruments incapable of sustaining tones in a slow tempo. (Don't get me wrong. I love the sound of the piano and am a former serious pianist. Read more ›
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Curiousity? June 12, 2009
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The combined force of two pianos seems to be overly harsh and percussive in too many sections. There are noticable examples of clearly "bum" notes, not to mention some strangely discordant sounds, suggestive of the two pianists being slightly out of synch. Not recommended despite bargain price.
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