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In many ways, Hungarian pianist Jenő Jandó reflects the essence of the Naxos label and its catalogue: innovation, completeness, quality, breadth and availability. He is Naxos’ most streamed artist, whose top 100 tracks have generated over 26 million streams in the last year alone.

He now adds to his distinguished list of previous releases of Liszt's piano music with a recital that vividly brings to life a programme of the composer's later works that are devoted largely to the dead.
Franz LISZT (1811–1886)
Complete Piano Music, Vol. 54
Historical Hungarian Portraits

Jenő Jandó, Piano

This latest album in the Complete Piano Music series of Franz Liszt is devoted to memorialising the dead. Historical Hungarian Portraits dates largely from 1885 and commemorates significant figures in the country’s recent past, including politicians, a poet and a musician. The mood is powerfully sombre. Liszt marked his son-in law Wagner’s death with Am Grabe R. Wagner (‘At the Grave of Richard Wagner’) using a theme from Parsifal. But the most intense and forward-looking of these pieces is Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, a foretaste of the experimental piano writing to come.

Listen to an extract from Historical Hungarian Portraits:
No. 2. Joseph Eötvös
Listen to an extract from Trauervorspiel und Trauermarsch
About the Artist
Jenő Jandó is one of the most prolific artists in the history of classical music recording, who has built an incredible discography over the years. For Naxos, he has recorded all the piano concertos and sonatas of Mozart, as well as the concertos of Grieg and Schumann, the complete piano sonatas of Haydn and Beethoven, and the complete piano music of Bartók. His critically acclaimed recordings of the Complete Haydn Piano Sonatas are available in a 10-disc boxed set (8.501042), released to mark the 200th anniversary of the composer’s death in 2009.
More recordings of Liszt's solo piano music by Jenő Jandó
‘[Jandó's] account in the burgeoning Naxos Liszt cycle is deeply satisfying on all counts; passion, fantasy and keyboard wizardry are all there, and the effect is always
profoundly musical.’
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★
‘Jandó's tone is consistently musical (he plays a Hamburg Steinway) and his technical finish is impeccable. Recorded sound is bright, clear, and realistic. The program notes are outstanding and
most informative.’
American Record Guide


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