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Liszt: A Faust Symphony / Bernstein

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  • Franz Liszt is generally remembered as the great Hungarian 19th-century piano virtuoso, but he considered himself a composer first. His orchestra scores represent a significant stylistic link between the innovations of Berlioz and Wagner and the late Romantic composers of both Eastern and Western Europe. Written in 1854 and dedicated to Berlioz, Liszt's Eine Faust-Symphonie, which Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians calls "his orchestral masterpiece" but is very rarely performed, was a favorite of Leonard Bernstein, who spoke in his televised lectures about the work's bold harmonic language that anticipates the serialism of the Second Viennese School. In the 1960s Bernstein had to fight recalcitrant Columbia executives for the right to record the symphony with the New York Philharmonic; the resulting LP sold poorly. Nevertheless, Deutsche Grammophon gave him a second chance to sell the public on this work with this live recording of a performance at Symphony Hall, Boston, on July 26, 1976. While Bernstein never did succeed in creating for this symphony the kind of cult following he helped foster for the works of Mahler, critics generally agree that the present performance is superior to the New York version and represents the best way to experience Liszt's unique contribution to the Faust literature.
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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2072078

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