FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886): The 12 Symphonic Poems, S635-646 (two-piano versions by Liszt).
Catalogue Number: 10U038
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Although these works are very familiar in their orchestral guise, they were conceived from the outset no less for the keyboard. The two-piano versions of these pieces are no mere transcriptions: Liszt allows quite considerable variance from the orchestral scores in order to make real duos, occasionally even adding some bars (as in Hungaria), omitting bars – especially of untuned percussion, or transforming the material with new harmonies instead of untuned percussion. As with his monumental versions of the Beethoven symphonies, he often makes an informed trade of the letter of the score for the spirit of it, and happily gets all the closer to the musical substance. Leslie Howard contributes a detailed booklet essay, making this new studio recording all the more essential for Lisztians. 3 CDs. Leslie Howard, Mattia Ometto (pianos).