Saturday, December 26, 2009

Beethoven-Liszt - Symphonies 1-9 - Katsaris, piano


Beethoven-Liszt - Symphonies 1-9 - Katsaris, piano
Piano | single Ape, cue | no log, cover | 6 CD, 1.06 GB
May 7, 1992 | Teldec| RapidShare



Cyprien Katsaris has already given us (among others) Liszt's transcriptions of the Eroica, Pastoral and Ninth Symphonies, and this latest issue is every bit as impressive as were they. Katsaris has one on the edge of the seat!

These performances have great range of colour, a symphonic momentum and a real sense of scale. All this in spite of a slightly constricted domestic acoustic, which sounds almost as if the instrument were in a Victorian drawingroom. Katsaris produces an altogether remarkable clarity of texture, encompassing all the melodic strands and colours. His virtuosity in the finale of Symphony No. 8 is amazing, but it is not so much his dazzling keyboard command but the Beethovenian vehemence and dramatic fire that make this so convincing. There is a freshness of approach too: the opening measures of Symphony No. 4 have a powerful sense of mystery. At times, as for example in the second movement of No. 8, the second violin counterpoint at bars 41-4 assumes greater prominence than perhaps it should. Katsaris leaves you with the impression that there are two or more pianists at the keyboard, such is his ability to conjure up a variety of orchestral timbres.

This remarkable pianist has the measure of this great music and conveys the effect of the orchestra storming the heavens.The acid test is whether one would want to hear a performance of these symphonies conducted by the pianist and the answer in this case is a resounding, yes. R. L.


CD Content

Symphonies de Beethoven (9), transcription for piano, S. 464 (LW A37) Symphonie Nr. 1 C-dur, op. 21
Symphonies de Beethoven (9), transcription for piano, S. 464 (LW A37) Symphonie Nr. 2 D-dur
Symphonies de Beethoven (9), transcription for piano, S. 464 (LW A37) Symphonie Nr. 3 Es-dur
Symphonies de Beethoven (9), transcription for piano, S. 464 (LW A37) Symphonie Nr. 4 B-dur
Symphonies de Beethoven (9), transcription for piano, S. 464 (LW A37) Symphonie Nr. 5 c-moll
Symphonies de Beethoven (9), transcription for piano, S. 464 (LW A37) Symphonie Nr. 6 F-dur
Symphonies de Beethoven (9), transcription for piano, S. 464 (LW A37) Symphonie Nr. 7 A-dur
Symphonies de Beethoven (9), transcription for piano, S. 464 (LW A37) Symphonie Nr. 8 F-dur
Symphonies de Beethoven (9), transcription for piano, S. 464 (LW A37) Symphonie Nr. 9 d-moll

5 comments:

  1. Hi Otto, please check the download link no 8, file factory says it needs to be re uploaded, but all the other links are working, and by the way i suggest that you make a composers labels list to make searching easier in you blog, thanks.

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  2. Hi, please check download link no 8 it needs to be re uploaded

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  3. Done! All new upload. Get ALL parts!

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  4. Hi, this is wonderful! Thank you! But i keep getting an error message with the recaptcha on part 9. may i ask you to reupload part 9? thanks!

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  5. After several days, the problem has sorted itself and I was able to obtain part9. Thanks for this wonderful post.

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