Liszt: Piano Concertos 1&2, Totentanz, Fantasy (2012)

Liszt

Nareh Arghamanyan

Alain Altinoglu

During his stay in the French capital, the German poet Heinrich Heine wrote a series of articles for the Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung, entitled "Musikalische Saison in Paris" (= musical season in Paris). These articles still make for fascinating reading, with Heine providing a highly ironic and personal account of musical life in Paris. And, of course, he repeatedly dealt with composer Franz Liszt. This was again the case in the article devoted to the year 1841. That year, Liszt had given two piano recitals based on the music of Beethoven. Heine writes the following: "Despite his genius, Liszt meets with opposition here in Paris, which usually consists of serious musicians and crowns his rival, the imperial Thalberg, with laurels. - Liszt has already given two concerts in which he has played all by himself, against all tradition, without involving other artists. He is now preparing a third concert in honour of Beethoven. This composer must indeed appeal most to the taste of someone like Liszt." 

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Nareh Arghamanyan

Highly acclaimed for her unique style, colourful tone and dazzling virtuosity, Nareh Arghamanyan is one of the most promising talents of her generation.
She has debuted with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, RTÉ Dublin, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Vancouver and Utah Symphonies. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Herkulessaal Munich, Musikverein Vienna, Lincoln Centre New York, Kimmel Centre Philadelphia and Gardner Museum Boston. Upcoming highlights include her debuts with the Radio-Symphonieorchester Vienna, the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, Munich Symphonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic and others 

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Liszt: Piano Concertos 1&2, Totentanz, Fantasy (2012)

Liszt

Nareh Arghamanyan

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Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan, who has been playing since the age of five, has been making an impressive round of performances with noted orchestras all over the world. She shows amazing maturity and restraint in these two warhorses. Arghamanyan takes a lyrical and more sedate style into her soul with readings that are just loaded with flexible and soaring flight-of-fancy finger work that focuses on Liszt’s inimitable sense of rhapsodic invention. These are not hell-bent-for-leather performances but instead those that seek a chamber music intimacy within the confines of a large orchestra whole — and it works. One could argue that a piece like Totentanz, maybe the composer’s most devilish orchestral score, would not respond to the melodic musings of a light touch, but you would be wrong. This work, a series of variations on the Gregorian Dies irae, achieves its percussive effects on its own with little help needed from the pianist, and holds her own in a splendid reading. The Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Tunes, that originally featured conductor Hans von Bulow as the pianist at the premiere, is one of two arrangements Liszt made of his Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14. It is an enthusiastic and fun piece of work taken for what it is — an audience-pleaser and rousing work of great invention. Again, Arghamanyan is at the top of her game, as is the splendid Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and their young conductor. Pentatone provides wondrous surround sound.

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Liszt: Piano Concertos 1&2, Totentanz, Fantasy (2012)

Liszt

Nareh Arghamanyan

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Roger de Schot
Recording location: Haus des Rundfunks, RBB Berlin
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Piano Concerto No. 1 - Allegro maestoso, tempo giusto
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Piano Concerto No. 1 - Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace
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Piano Concerto No. 1 - Allegro marciale animato
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Piano Concerto No. 2 - Adagio sostenuto assai
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Piano Concerto No. 2 - Allegro agitato assai
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Piano Concerto No. 2 - Allegro deciso
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Piano Concerto No. 2 - Marziale, un poco meno allegro
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Totentanz - Andante - allegro
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Totentanz - Variation 1 and 2, allegro moderato
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Totentanz - Variation 3, molto vivace
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Totentanz - Variation 4 (canonique), lento
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Totentanz - Variation 5, vivace.fugato-presto
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Totentanz - Variation 6, sempre allegro, ma non troppo
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Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Tunes for Piano and Orchestra
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