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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1, S. 110 No.2 "The Dance in the Village Inn" (After Lenau)Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan11:09Album Only
listen  2. Liszt: Les Préludes, symphonic poem No.3, S.97 (after Lamartine)Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan17:02Album Only
listen  3. Liszt: Fantasia on Hungarian Folk tunes, S.123Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan and Shura Cherkassky15:51Album Only
listen  4. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.5 In E Minor, S.244 Heroïde-ElégiaqueBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan13:24Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Liszt: Mazeppa, Symphonic Poem No.6, S.100Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan15:18Album Only
listen  2. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.4 In D Minor, S.359 No.4 (Corresponds Piano Version No. 12 In C Sharp Minor)Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan13:41Album Only
listen  3. Liszt: Tasso - Lamento e trionfo, Symphonic Poem No. 2, S.96 (After Byron)Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan22:51Album Only
listen  4. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 In C Sharp Minor, S.244Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan11:18Album Only

Product Details

  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Franz Liszt
  • Audio CD (July 14, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000009CMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This "2CD" DG collection of the Orchestral Works of Franz Liszt is quite enjoyable, if not essential. I personally prefer larger, more comprehensive sets of Liszt's Tone Poems, and other pieces for Orchestra, by conductors Haitink and Masur (see my review of the new EMI boxed-set of the latter). However, Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic offer the best selection of the pianist/composer's works aside from his Concertos on this set. Three of these exact same performances ("Les Preludes," "Mazeppa" and "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 4") also appear on a mid-line DG "Originals" title, but this is the set to get if you want Karajan performing Liszt. On this two-fer you get eight selections to only three on the aforementioned mid-priced single disc. And if you were thinking about his later digital remakes instead, these glorious stereo accounts from the 1960s and 70s exceed them by far (earlier is generally better with Karajan in my opinion). But for me the star of this set is not Herbie but pianist Shura Cherkassky, one of the last great "romantic" pianists. An enormously popular figure at the dawn of the LP era, Cherkassky has slipped into obscurity half a century later. To the best of my knowledge, his only other vintage title currently available is a DG "Originals" disc coupling his late mono performances of the 1st & 2nd Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos (see my review). His 1961 stereo performance of "Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Melodies" captured here is worth the price of this set alone.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Arsov on April 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Since probably no other composer and no other works than Liszt and his symphonic poems have received so much bashing from all and sundry, it is only fare that I - as an unabashed Lisztian - should start with their defence. That Liszt's 13 symphonic poems are uneven as a whole is of course beyond dispute; then again, so are Beethoven's symphonies. What's more, this is to be expected. In the middle of the nineteenth century Liszt (together with Berlioz and Wagner) pushed the composition for orchestra to its absolute limits: of course he would produce an uneven body of works so revolutionary for their time. That said, it goes without saying that, whatever Liszt's place in musical history as innovator, his music in general and his symphonic poems in particular must stand or fall as music. It is the intrinsic value of music which grants its universal appeal and thus its greatness. The problem with Liszt - and it is a big problem indeed - is that his overwhelming personality usually colours the perception of his works. No other composer's music has been described more often as ''shallow'', ''bombastic'' or ''vulgar''. The unpleasant truth is that the major reason for this is that most people think of Liszt as ''shallow, bombastic and vulgar'' personality, womaniser, charlatan and the greatest piano virtuoso in history - and we all know that great pianists simply don't make great composers (let's forget about Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff for the sake of the argument). The second major reason for the ever-fashionable Liszt-bashing is that his music is often very badly played indeed. Have I never heard these poems performed in so ''shallow, bombastic and vulgar'' a manner! Often but not always. There are few exceptions and Karajan is one of them. More about him a little later.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dv_forever on June 8, 2011
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These symphonic poems have rarely been played with such grandeur, sensuality and electricity. Furthermore, the sound quality is outstanding. This is some of the best studio sound that DG did for Karajan in the late 60s to mid 70s when these works were recorded. Karajan seems completely involved in the music and you sometimes gasp at the intensity and sheer joy one hears from the Berlin Philharmonic.

Anyone still complaining about the merits of Liszt's symphonic poems can get off their rocking chair and really listen for once. This is how this music deserves to be played. Mazeppa is perhaps the standout performance and even received a Rosette in The Penguin Guide. The brass are sinister and audacious. Tasso also gets one of the finest performances on record, with the climactic coda played just like I've imagined in the audio theater of my own mind. Not even Solti's fantastic performance can match Karajan here.

Les Preludes has tougher recorded competition as noted by others. But Karajan is still in the first rank with very few rivals. The three Hungarian Rhapsodies get virtuoso orchestral treatment. The famous Second Rhapsody is practically oozing sexuality. It's so suave and grandly played, I was taken aback. The Mephisto Waltz is one of the best. And finally you have the Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Melodies for piano and orchestra with pianist Shura Cherkassky. This is not a great piece of music but it's still so well done and there is such a rapport between the pianist and conductor, that it makes it one of the stand out gems in this collection.

If you're a Liszt fan, this is a must for your collection. If you like Karajan, this is yet another confirmation of why he was possibly the greatest conductor of the 20th Century.
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