Franz Liszt: The Complete Symphonic Poems transcribed for solo piano by August Stradal Vol. 3 (2018, TOCC 0432)


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!

Risto-Matti Marin’s pianism has everything technically, but it is all used in the service of the music, in which he so wholeheartedly believes. His doctoral thesis focussed on piano transcription, but there is nothing dryly academic about his passionately red-blooded performances here. The piano sound copes with the wide dynamic…

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Franz Liszt – August Stradal:

1 Hunnenschlacht [14’11]
2 Festklänge [17’38]
3 Prometheus [13’09]
4 Mazeppa [17’28]

Total: 62’26

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