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Liszt - Dante Symphony . Dante Sonata - NAXOS - 8.570516
Franz Liszt

Dante Sonata
(arrangement for two pianos by Vittorio Bresciani)

Dante Symphony
(transcription for two pianos and chorus by the Composer)
Inferno
Purgatorio
Magnificat


Vittorio Brescianiís most recent release is a collaboration with pianist Francesco Nicolosi, focussed on the Dante Symphony of Liszt for two pianos, together with the famous Childrenís Choir of the Budapest Hungarian Radio. This monumental symphonic work here displayes power and suggestion, through the two keyboards virtuosity. Brescianiís own two-piano transcription of the Dante Sonata is also included in this first worl recording cd.

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Liszt - A Trilogy DYNAMIC - CDS 227/1-3
CD 1
Schubert Song Transcriptions
12 Lieder demo
6 Müllerlieder
CD 2
Mozart and Rossini Paraphrases
Don Juan demo
Soirées Musicales
Figaro and other works
CD 3
Weimar Works
Scherzo and March demo
Ballade No. 2
Grosses Konzertsolo
Dante Sonata


Vittorio Bresciani’s recordings on CD have become closely associated with the various phases of his project on the piano compositions of Liszt. The pianist has selected the pieces he considers most representative and has arranged them on three CDs each of which follows a theme. These recordings are distinguished in the field of discography by their artistic coherence, the modernity of their interpretations and their elegant virtuosity.. The Dynamic label has recently had them reissued in a single boxed set, aptly entitled Trilogy.

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Liszt - Schubert Song Transcriptions DYNAMIC - CDS 73
12 Lieder (1838)
Sei mir gregrüsst
Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Du bist die Ruh
Erlkönig
Meerestille
Die junge Nonne
Frühlingsglaube
demo Gretchen am Spinnrade
Ständchen
Rastlose Liebe
Der Wanderer
Ave Maria

6 Müllerlieder
Das Wandern
Der Müller und der Bach
Der Jäger
Die Böse Farbe
Wohin?
Ungeduld



Liszt transcribed no less than 58 of Schubert’s incomparable songs for the piano, organizing them in a number of cycles, extraordinary both for their formal coherence and their melodic beauty. The songs are arranged in sequences and follow a psychological progression. This suggests that Liszt intended them to be played as cycles, as in the case of a Sonata or ordered series of pieces. On the CD, which contains two of the most compelling cycles, Bresciani shows how much this arrangement adds to the meaning and intensity of the pieces.

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Mozart and Rossini Paraphrases DYNAMIC - CDS 108
Reminiscenses de Don Juan demo

Lacrymosa, from Mozart's Requiem

La Serenata e L'orgia, grande fantaisie sur des motifs des Soirées Musicales de Rossini

La Gita in Gondola, soirée musicale No. 4

La Pastorella dell'Alpi e Li marinari, 2ème fantaisie sur les Soirées Musicales de Rossini

Fantaisie über zwei Motive aus Mozart's Figaro



In his youthful Paraphrases, Liszt foreshadows the realization of extended one-movement forms and also of the thematic metamorphoses typical of his mature style. Bresciani singles out two different types of paraphrase in the two fantasias on Rossini and in the more complex fantasias on Mozart. He juxtaposes these and completes the recording with a rarely heard piece, the Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem.

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Weimar Works DYNAMIC - CDS 183

demo Scherzo und Marsch

Ballade No. 2

Grosses Konzertsolo

Après une lecture du Dante
Fantasia quasi Sonata



In 1847 Liszt finally gave up his career as a concert pianist in order to dedicate himself to composition and to the realization his own idea of a new musical language. In the following year he settled down in Weimar as Kapellmeister of the Court Theatre and began to compose his most important symphonic works and piano compositions, which became known as works ‘of the Weimar period’. While the Sonata is the most well-known piano work of this period, it was accompanied by other equally noteworthy pieces, which help us to understand what Liszt achieved during this period in his work on sonata form. These works, which form a group of four titles, are recorded on Bresciani’s third CD devoted to Liszt’s works.

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Listz - A Faust Symphony - two piano version
Vittorio Bresciani & Tiziano Poli - NUOVA ERA - CD 7284

Eine Faust-Symphonie

Faust
Gretchen
Mephistopheles demo


Among the symphonic compositions of Liszt’s maturity, the gigantic Faust-symphonie stands out. It is an impressive musical synthesis of Goethe’s version of the Faust legend. Of this, as of all his other orchestral works, Liszt made a splendid two piano version, which Vittorio Bresciani and Tiziano Poli have recorded on a rare CD for the label Nuova Era. This version is illuminating for anyone who would like to get to grips with the dense formal structure of one of the most complex of romantic symphonies.

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