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Franz Liszt, Kirill Gerstein - Liszt - Transcendental Etudes flac album Performer: Franz Liszt
Title: Liszt - Transcendental Etudes
Released: 2016
MP3 album: 1539 mb
FLAC album: 1523 mb
Rating: 4.4
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Genre: Classical

The Transcendental Études (French: Études d'exécution transcendante), . 39, are a series of twelve compositions for piano by Franz Liszt. They were published in 1852 as a revision of an 1837 series, which in turn were the elaboration of a set of studies written in 1826. The composition of the Transcendental Études began in 1826, when 15-year-old Liszt wrote a set of youthful and far less technically demanding exercises called the Étude en douze exercices (Study in twelve exercises), . 36.

Franz Liszt's Transcendental Etudes have enjoyed renewed interest among pianists who wish to showcase the composer in all his aspects as a virtuoso performer, mystic, and innovator of piano techniques. This collection of visionary pieces is much more than a group of challenging exercises, rather, more a summation of Romantic thinking, both musical and poetic.

Liszt: Transcendental études, S. 139 Kirill Gerstein. Transcendental études, S. 139: No. 2, Molto vivace. 3. 3, Paysage. 4. 4, Mazeppa. 5. 5, Feux follets. 6. 6, Vision. 7. 7, Eroica. 8. 8, Wilde Jagd.

Transcendental Etudes. Includes FREE MP3 version of this album. Described by Kirill Gerstein as "one of the most towering mountain peaks of the piano literature", Liszt's Transcendental Etudes can be seen as a distillation of the mid-19th century romantic project, like sounding images of romanticism's nervous system, its otherworldly experiences, and its spirituality. For this new recording for myrios classics, Gerstein has looked to the word "transcendental" as the key to interpreting Liszt's monumental cycle.

Liszt’s cycle of 12 pieces – full title Etudes d’exécution transcendante and more often played individually – count among the most fiendishly virtuosic of all piano compositions. Each piece has a title, some descriptive (Vision, Eroica, Chasse-neige), some relating to tempo or form. The particular interest here is Kirill Gerstein’s decision to perform them complete, and the questions about interpretation – notably speed, dynamics – that result.

With a masterful technique, discerning intelligence, and a musical curiosity that has led him to explore repertoire spanning centuries and styles, he has proven to be one of today’s most intriguing and versatile musicians.

Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes simultaneously pay homage to his good friend Chopin (Etudes, Opp. 10 and 25), and Bach, while propelling. Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes simultaneously pay homage to his good friend Chopin (Etudes, Opp. 10 and 25), and Bach, while propelling the form into the future, going so far as presaging the impressionism of Debussy.

Gerstein – who plays the definitive 1852 version of Liszt’s Twelve Etudes – sits more obviously in a tradition that stretches back to Cziffra. Much has been written about how Gerstein’s background in jazz lends his performance an improvisational, power-to-the-moment flow. But despite his studies on the jazz course at Berklee and mentoring by jazz vibraphone guru Gary Burton, I’m not sure I hear it like that. Realistically, hardcore Liszt buffs will need both new versions; but in terms of textural clarity and matured technique, Gerstein enjoys a slight edge.


Transcendental Etudes - Études D'Exécution Transcendante, S. 139
1 Preludio 0:53
2 Molto Vivace 2:17
3 Paysage 4:19
4 Mazeppa 7:25
5 Feux Follets 4:00
6 Vision 6:08
7 Eroica 4:33
8 Wilde Jagd 5:39
9 Ricordanza 9:16
10 Allegro Agitato Molto 4:58
11 Harmonies Du Soir 8:43
12 Chasse-Neige 5:42


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