Daniel Barenboim - Liszt Piano Concertos
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For the very first time Daniel Barenboim tackled Franz Liszt's two highly virtuosic piano concertos in a single concert. With Pierre Boulez, his friend and esteemed colleague of many years, conducting Barenboims own orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, they were showered with praise on their tour across Europe. For both musicians, Liszt was one of the most important pioneers of modern music, as composer, conductor and pianist. He influenced revolutionary contemporaries such as Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner. Two examples of the latter's magnificent orchestral work round off this concert programme celebrating Liszts bicentenary.
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And one who bravely does the right thing, becoming involved in politics to help bring peace to the world, even though many do not approve.
Some others may not appreciate it, but I appreciate it. Bravo on all counts, Mr. Barenboim!
I haven't deliberately listened to these Lizst concerti for decades (just on the radio in the car). After watching this disc, I remember why! I do like Lizst, but either in solo piano or purely orchestral. These concertos have some good moments, but basically they are for pianists who enjoy this kind of bombast.
Barenboim has apparently set his mind on recording everything ever written by everybody, whether piano, orchestra or both! Let me say, I am an admirer of his, for example, his Elgar/Brahms disc with the BPO or his terrific Mahler 9. But I just wonder when you put out so much stuff, how much of it can be excellent? There are rumors of the last six Bruckner symphonies, all done within a week, being readied for release, with this Berlin Staatskapelle. I suppose I shouldn't complain, with so little coming out from anybody else.
The video and audio are beyond reproach, and Boulez conducts this in his usual unencumbered style.It's probably why he still looks so good at 85. I love this guy, too. Just not in this repertoire.
Additionally, we are treated to two solo Lizst pieces, which I enjoyed, and two Wagner pieces, which I didn't. The Wagner "Faust", a real piece of frippery, and Siegfried Idyll (I have enjoyed this piece, just not in this context).
So, buy it for the sound and video, and to watch Barenboim beat the hell out of the piano. Or, wait for something more enticing to make its appearance!