This new album is Vol. 60 in our Liszt Complete Piano Music Edition; the fourth to feature renowned pianist Goran Filipec; and the third to programme Liszt’s transcriptions of Schubert songs.
‘When a song is arranged into an instrumental work, it inevitably becomes a piece of programme music which follows the plot of the poem. This album's selection of Schubert songs in their arrangements by Franz Liszt evoke the most varied textual and musical états d’âme.
Liszt’s absorbing piano arrangements appropriate the songs and transform them into highly imaginative instrumental works. Although Liszt largely retains the form of the original pieces, he often varies the texture and registers of each strophe, enriching them with orchestral effects. Wonderful examples of such transformations can be found in the famous Sérénade or Mädchens Klage, both deeply moving pieces of exceptional melodic beauty.’
– Goran Filipec
Seldom has the art of song transcription been more creatively fashioned than in Liszt’s homages to Schubert. In this third volume of elegant and virtuosic pieces, Liszt’s prodigious capacity for colouration, shifting textures and use of myriad pianistic devices to suggest changing verses, brings refinement and beauty to each selected song. In songs such as Erlkönig and Die Forelle Liszt excels in drawing the music from the salon to the concert platform. In this recording, Goran Filipec, whose previous Liszt discs were praised by Gramophone as ‘nothing short of superb’, includes some rare versions of Liszt’s transcriptions.
Goran Filipec is renowned for his exceptional interpretations of the works of Franz Liszt and the virtuosity of his Classical and Romantic repertoire. His Naxos recordings have received significant critical acclaim, and his album Paganini Studies was awarded the International ‘Grand Prix du Disque F. Liszt’ by the Ferenc Liszt Society of Budapest. A native of Croatia, Filipec studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Oxana Yablonskaya Piano Institute in Italy and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. A laureate of several international piano competitions, Filipec has appeared internationally as a recitalist and soloist with symphony orchestras across Europe, the Americas and Japan.