Liszt captivated audiences of the 1800s. He abandoned his life of a touring piano virtuoso in 1848 to conduct. However, he did produce Two Concert Etudes amongst his final compositions. In Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs), Liszt creates the world of a mysterious forest, while Gnomenreigen (Round Dance of the Gnomes) glitters and sparkles. While still performing, Liszt had been drawn to the idea of composing piano works based on themes of specific national character, and in 1863 he created his Spanish Rhapsody based upon well-known themes. There are extended passages of incredible brilliance before the closing “roof-rattling” virtuosity. His Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 demands similar talent and flair while presenting tunes from Hungarian Gypsy bands.
Bruch’s String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor was discovered in 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. Previously thought lost, this piece was created by the 17-year-old prodigy Bruch to apply for the Mozart-Foundation scholarship. Wagner composed his Wesendonck Lieder on a setting of poetry written by one of his patron’s wives, Mathilde Wesendonck. The songs were composed contemporaneously with Die Walküre, and the passion of the opening of the opera is heard in these exquisite works.
Artists: Brooke Allen (Bassoon), Daniel del Pino (Piano), Eliot Porter (Bass), Francisco Fullana (Violin), Goran Marcusson (Flute), Jacqueline Choi (Cello), Kara Shay Thomson (Soprano), Kristian Baverstam (Clarinet), Mary Lynch (Oboe), Noriko Futagami (Viola), Robert Marlatt (French Horn), Stephanie Chase (Violin)
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