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Born in 1811 at Raiding in Hungary, Liszt moved as a child to Vienna, where he took piano lessons from Czerny and composition lessons from Salieri. In 1823, he moved with his family to Paris, from where he toured as a pianist. Influenced by the phenomenal violinist Paganini, he turned his attention to the development of a similar technique for the keyboard. In his day, he had no equal as a pianist.

Liszt not only wrote a great deal of original music for the piano; he also made many transcriptions of works by other composers, and wrote pieces based on national themes. The Naxos cycle of Liszt's complete piano music now reaches Vol. 46. It features the transcriptions Liszt made of orchestral works by Hector Berlioz. The soloist is the Chinese-born pianist Feng Bian.

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LISZT, F.: Berlioz Transcriptions (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 46)
Franz LISZT (1811–1886)
Complete Piano Music, Vol. 46
Berlioz Transcriptions

Feng Bian, Piano

Liszt first met Hector Berlioz in Paris before the premiere of the Symphonie fantastique in 1830 and at first their mutual esteem was unbounded. Liszt proceeded to transcribe the music of his friend and two movements from his innovative transcription of the whole of the Symphonie are heard in this recording. Each transcription reveals a different facet of Liszt’s art, from the faithful reflection of the concert overture King Lear through the dramatic panache of the popular overture to Les Francs-Juges to the beautiful Pilgrims’ March from Harold en Italie.

Listen to an extract from Liszt's arrangement of
Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique:
IV. March au supplice

About the Artist
Feng Bian
Feng Bian has given recitals in China, Europe, and the United States and has appeared as a soloist with the Colburn Orchestra, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has won top prizes at the California division of the Music Teachers National Association Competition and the Parness Young Artists Concerto Competition, received the Encouragement Award at the Sydney International Piano Competition, and earned a bronze medal at the World Piano Competition.
Previous releases in the series
“Those attracted to Liszt playing characterised by elegant craftsmanship and minimum controversy certainly will enjoy [this release].”
BBC Music Magazine
  Listen to an extract from
Etude en douze exercices:
No. 1 Allegro con fuoco
“Naxos enter the winner’s enclosure yet again with this assured piano recital of highly attractive repertoire from Liszt. An eminently enjoyable disc that demands to be heard.”
MusicWeb International
  Listen to an extract from Liszt's
Verdi - Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert
“In the Seven Variations on a Theme of Rossini … the performance is so effervescent, so bubbling over with joy and wit, that at the end you almost feel like jumping out of your seat and applauding. It’s that good.”
  Listen to an extract from Les soirées italiennes:
No. 2 Il galop
“Russian pianist Dossin is a virtuoso of the first order who performs these pieces with clarity, good pacing, and musical sense…an impressive showcase of Russian literature, performed with technical virtuosity and great sensitivity.”
American Record Guide
  Listen to an extract from
Liszt's transcription of Tchaikovsky's
Eugene Onegin - Polonaise
“Gallo’s playing is thrilling and musical, and Naxos’s sound is excellent.”
American Record Guide
  Listen to an extract from
Illustrations du Prophète de Meyerbeer:
Les patineurs

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