FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)/AUGUST STRADAL (1860-1930): Symphonic Poem Transcriptions, Vol. 3 - Hunnenschlacht, Festklänge, Prometheus, Mazeppa.
Catalogue Number: 02T023
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0432
Description: Although Liszt’s thirteen symphonic poems exist in two-piano transcriptions prepared by the composer himself, it was his Czech student Stradal who was to transcribe them for solo piano – versions which demand almost superhuman virtuosity. As the late Malcolm MacDonald writes in his booklet essay, Stradal’s versions ‘transform these revolutionary orchestral compositions into viable and effective piano works, faithfully preserving their masterly musical substance’. Risto-Matti Marin (piano).