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Liszt-Schubert: Schwanengesang

Catalogue numberBIS-2530 SACD
Release date2020-10-02
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time80:12

Franz Liszt’s arrangement of Schubert’s Schwanengesang is very much his own work: while it very clearly retains the musical meaning of the original it also provides a vision of Liszt’s understanding of what lies beyond the black dots on paper. In the young Turkish pianist Can Çakmur’s words, Liszt’s ‘songs without words’ are ‘striking, horrifying, grand, intimate, full of life and yet often as pale as death. The marvel of what a single instrument can attain plays an integral role in all these pieces.’

Published posthumously, Schwanengesang is a collection of songs that Schubert may have intended to be grouped together, but if so he never provided a definitive order. In his arrangement, Liszt adopted an order of his own, and Çakmur takes the same liberty, seeking ‘to arrive at a sequence which presents not a storyline but an emotional journey. Liebesbotschaft and Taubenpost constitute the prelude and the conclusion to the cycle: the one focussing on the poet’s promise to return to his lover while the other embraces longing with glistening tears. Longing (Sehnsucht) is the very feeling that drives the cycle, for it carries both hope and disappointment within itself.’

The Liszt arrangement was first published in 1840, twelve years after Schubert’s death, and Çakmur contrasts it here with the much later ‘forgotten’ waltzes, Quatre Valses oubliées. As most of Liszt’s late music they are elusive, and Çakmur describes them as ‘possibly wistful, sardonic or melancholic – or perhaps all at once.’ Winner of the 2018 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Can Çakmur released his début disc in 2019, receiving praise for his technical prowess and sensibility alike – qualities that come well in hand for his new Liszt recital.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Liszt, Franz
  Schwanengesang, Vierzehn Lieder von Franz Schubert, S 560 59:41
01 Liebesbotschaft 03:30 $ 0.84 USD
02 Kriegers Ahnung 06:19 $ 1.52 USD
03 Ihr Bild 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
04 Frühlingssehnsucht 02:32 $ 0.61 USD
05 Abschied 05:32 $ 1.33 USD
06 In der Ferne 06:41 $ 1.60 USD
07 Ständchen 05:57 $ 1.43 USD
08 Der Atlas 02:44 $ 0.66 USD
09 Das Fischermädchen 03:29 $ 0.84 USD
10 Am Meer 04:10 $ 1.00 USD
11 Aufenthalt 03:18 $ 0.79 USD
12 Die Stadt 02:51 $ 0.68 USD
13 Der Doppelgänger 04:34 $ 1.10 USD
14 Die Taubenpost 05:21 $ 1.28 USD
  Quatre Valses oubliées, S 215 20:22
15 Première Valse oubliée 03:27 $ 0.83 USD
16 Deuxième Valse oubliée 07:03 $ 1.69 USD
17 Troisième Valse oubliée 05:45 $ 1.38 USD
18 Quatrième Valse oubliée 04:07 $ 0.99 USD
  Album total 80:12
ComposerLiszt, Franz
PianoÇakmur, Can

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