Franz Liszt: The Complete Symphonic Poems transcribed for solo piano by August Stradal Vol. 1 (2010, TOCC 0035)

This huge project encompasses all 13 of Liszt’s symphonic poems, 12 transcribed by Liszt’s pupil August Stradal. A “pianistic Mount Everest”, these extremely demanding transcriptions shed a very special and new kind of light into Liszt’s original works. The last volume includes Risto-Matti Marin’s own transcription of the 13th symphonic poem, Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, as well as six transcriptions of Liszt’s songs by Stradal. First recordings!

Fanfare

Stradal’s transcriptions are both scrupulously accurate and strutted in vaulting virtuoso demands to carry over, with the fullest possible effect, the symphonic grandeurs of the originals and put them in the hands of pianists equal to them. Risto-Matti Marin is such a pianist. One marvels at the stamina that can…

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Liszt Society Review 21, 2010

This is a fantastic performance: The slower sections are beautifully played, the more stormy and virtuosic sections are taken at a tremendous pace and the whole piece holds together. I can’t imagine a better performance of this [Die Ideale] piece in this transcription. I would award this accolade to the…

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www.musicweb-international.com

This is the first Stradal-Liszt cycle. I expected it to be a curiosity only. In fact it is much better especially in the hands of Risto-Matti Marin… Marin is in splendid form throughout […]  …this adds a munificent chapter to Liszt’s complete solo piano works to place alongside the major…

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Franz Liszt – August Stradal:

1 Les Préludes [16’58]
2 Heroïde Funèbre [19’09]
3 Die Ideale [28’48]

Total 65’13