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Martin Cousin - Liszt:Transcriptions From Operas - Import CD

Martin Cousin - Liszt:Transcriptions From Operas - Import CD

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March 22, 2024

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Catalog No.: 8574545

JAN/ISBN: 4945604745451

Number of Discs: 1

Country/Region of Manufacture: Import

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Martin Cousin

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Liszt: The Complete Works for Piano No. 61 This album contains five transcriptions of operatic melodies, a specialty of Liszt's as a young man. The fantasy with the melody from Meyerbeer's "The Huguenots," placed at the beginning of the album, was composed in 1836. Liszt revised this piece three times, but each revision rearranged the music, so this first draft is the longest. the second piece, "Recollections of La Scala" on a Mercadante melody, uses Mercadante as well as a melody that cannot be identified to whom it belongs. The Fantastic Rondo is based on the melody of Zarzuela "The Smuggler" by Spanish composer Manuel Garcia. It is reminiscent of "La Campanella" in its use of technical hand leaps supported by passionate Spanish-style rhythms. The transcription of "Lohengrin" is arranged relatively faithfully to the original. The final piece, "Mandragora," is a fragment of only 37 bars from Liszt's later years, but it shows some experimental elements, such as the use of atonal tuning, which Liszt was experimenting with at the time. It is performed by British pianist Martin Cousin. He is also known for playing the pianist's "hand" in the Oscar-winning film "Shine. (Naxos Japan) Contents Liszt: 1. 1. grand fantasy on a theme from Maierbeer's opera "The Huguenots" S412/R211(1836)(first draft) 2. fantasy on melody of Italian opera and "Recollection of La Scala" from Mercadante's opera "The Oath" S458/ R294(1838-39) 3. fantasy rondo on a Spanish theme "Manuel Garcia's Smuggler" S252(1836) Wagner: Opera "Lohengrin" - Celebration and Wedding Songs S446/1/R279/1(1854)(first draft) 5. ballade "Mandragora" from Dreib's opera "Jean of Nivelle" S698/R666(1881)(section) Total recording time: 79 min. Performers Martin Kazun (Piano) Recorded February 13-15, 2023 Trinity Concert Hall, Trinity School, Croydon(UK)

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