Modern Modern, Advanced, Late pieces by Franz Liszt by David Ezra Okonsa Out Now

This is not a late-works-by-Liszt-CD. "Modern" qualifies the works of Liszt as of few other composers. The selection presented on this recording encompasses a relatively large period of the creative life of Liszt. The two "Légendes", composed between 1863-65, together with the Fantasy and Fugue on B.A.C.H (composed for organ in 1855, revised 1870) are the earliest, the two Csárdás, 1882, and the "Bagatelle sans tonalité", 1885, are the latest pieces.

However, missing the obvious modern qualities in Liszt's earlier works, like the Etudes, even the Paganini ones, would be a sizable mistake. The complete musical vocabulary, which will later emancipate the tonal boundaries, is characteristic. The use of the whole-tone scales and symmetrical chord formations in the Dante Sonata, the tonal ambiguities of the diminished seventh chords will inevitably lead to the Bagatelle without tonality.

Tracks:

Fantasie und Fuge über das Thema B-A-C-H
Variationen über das Motiv von Bach ("Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen")
Légendes: "St. François d'Assise: La prédication aux oiseaux"
"St. François de Paule: Marchant sur les flots"
Les Jeux d'Eaux à la Villa d'Este
Bagatelle ohne Tonart
Csárdás Macabre
Csárdás Obstiné

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