FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886): Sonata in B Minor (arr. 2 pianos Camille Saint-Saëns [1835-1921]) (Anthony and Joseph Paratore), Vallée d'Obermann (arr. piano trio Liszt) (Kit Armstrong [piano], Andrei Belov [violin], Adrian Brendel [cello]), Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, S 382 Elegie, S 130, La lugubre gondola, S 134 (Mario Brunello [cello], Andrea Luccesini [piano]), Hexaméron, S 392, Sonnetto 123 del Petrarca (Igor Levit), Funérailles, Isoldes Liebestod, S 447 (Benjamin Moser), La leggierezza (Boris Giltburg), Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude, Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli (Denis Kozhukhin), Songs: Molitva, S 331, Die Fischerstochter, S 325, Freudvoll und leidvoll, S 280, Die drei Zegeuner , S 320 (Marina Prudenskaya [soprano], Irina Puryshinskaya [piano]), KIT ARMSTRONG (b.1992): Time flies like an arrow for Piano Trio (Armstrong, Belov, Brendel), OLAV LERVIK (b.1982): Aphorismes 1.0 and 1.1, VASSOS NICOLAOU (b.1971): Lullaby, Little star, Transylvania (Tamara Stefanovich [piano]), DIETER SCHNEBEL (b.1930): h-moll Sonate (Siegfried Mauser [piano]).
Catalogue Number: 03N043
Description: If there's another recording of the Saint-Saëns two-piano version of Liszt's sonata, dating from 1914 and not published until 2004, it's unknown to us. The notes don't even tell you what I just did, much less what S-S sought to accomplish and how he went about it. Other rarities include the trio version of Die Zelle and the song Molitva of which this seems to be the only available recording. The third disc of 20th century pieces? Approachable except for Schnebel's odd, 16-minute work which sprinkles direct quotes from Liszt's sonata throughout an avant-garde soundscape. 3 CDs.