Harmonies Poetiques Et Re

F. Liszt

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Format: 2CD

Cat No: CDA67445

Release Date:  01 January 2004

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Brilliant Case (Jewel Case size, Holds 2 CDs)

No of Units:  2

Barcode:  034571174457

Genres:  Classical  Solo Instrumental  

  • Description

    One of Liszt’s most personal and confessional piano cycles, the Harmonies poetiques et religieuses (composed between 1846 and 1851) contains two of his best-loved masterpieces – the serenely contemplative ‘Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude’ and the heroic elegy ‘Funerailles’. This outstanding recording makes a much-needed case for the collection as a whole, setting these well-known works in their wider spiritual context. Important works such as ‘Pensee des morts’ (an extraordinarily dark meditation on the oft-visited subject of death) and ‘Cantique d’amour’ (one of Liszt’s most beautifully expressive reveries) are revealed, as are rarely heard transcriptions of Liszt’s own sacred choral works.
    Steven Osborne captures the music’s spiritual essence to perfection, further demonstrating his affinity with music of mystical contemplation, a quality so widely acclaimed in his superb recording of Messiaen’s Vingt Regards.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. I Invocation
      • 2. II Ave Maria
      • 3. III Benediction De Dieu Dans La Solitude
      • 4. IV Pensee Des Morts
      • 5. V Pater Noster

      Disc 2

      • 1. VI Hymne De L'Enfant A Son Reveil
      • 2. VII Funerailles
      • 3. VIII Miserere D'apres Palestrina
      • 4. IX (Andante Lagrimoso)
      • 5. X Cantique D'amour