Liszt – Works for Piano 2018-08-22T21:34:15+00:00

Project Description

Franz Liszt

A Liszt Recital

Works on album

  • Rhapsodie espagnole

  • Two Concert Études – Waldesrauschen & Gnomenreigen

  • Les jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este

  • Petrarch Sonnet No. 104

  • Deux Légendes

  • Mephisto Waltz No. 3

  • Vier Kleine Stücke

CD Info

  • Released Sept 1994

  • Label: Nimbus Records

  • Artist: Mark Anderson

  • Genre: Classical

  • Catalogue No. NI5484

As a composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the New German School. He left behind an extensive and diverse body of work in which he influenced his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated many 20th-century ideas and trends. Some of his most notable musical contributions were the invention of the symphonic poem, developing the concept of thematic transformation as part of his experiments in musical form, and making radical departures in harmony. This recording takes from a wide sampling of Liszt’s output for the piano – from the religious and sublime elements of the Legends and the Fountains of the Villa d’este to the flashy  bravura of his Rhapsody espagnole.


‘Mark Anderson’s playing is always involving.’

– Gramophone Magazine

That Anderson came third in the 1993 Leeds International Piano Competition (the TV audience poll placed him first) strengthens my suspicion that such events should be judged by television audiences. Here is a supreme pianistic talent with clear ideas on interpretation. Liszt described the piano as ‘lacking in variety of accents and tone-colours’ but it spurred his masterly inventiveness, and although Chopin and Mendelssohn deplored his flamboyance, his textures are varying, his moods evocative. Anderson’s forest really does murmur, his fountains cascade, his birds twitter. He conveys in full measure the imagery of the Spanish Rhapsody, the assurance of St Francis’s walk across the water, the diablerie of the third Mephisto Waltz. A splendid disc. Don’t miss it.
 – Wadham Sutton, Classical Music (.com)