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Beethoven-Liszt – Symphony No. 9 – Yury Martynov (2016) [Qobuz 24-88.2]

Beethoven-Liszt – Symphony No. 9 – Yury Martynov (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:10:49 minutes | 606 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: 21-25 September 2015 in Doopsgezinde Gemeente Church, Haarlem, Netherlands

After four previous discs devoted to Franz Liszt’s transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies, the pianist Yury Martynov completes the cycle with the transcription of the Ninth Symphony. The reduction of this complex work for a single piano and two hands – he had already adapted it for two pianos – constituted a genuine challenge for Liszt, who was obliged to omit certain inner parts. Yet he succeeded in reproducing the symphony’s prodigious character and revealing its incredible power. The piano combines the orchestra, the soloists and the chorus, unifying these disparate voices in a single instrument. The work’s energy and its textures are displayed to the full in Yury Martynov’s performance on a Blüthner piano dating from 1867 and belonging to the Edwin Beunk collection.

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Beethoven-Liszt – Symphonies Nos. 7 & 1 – Yury Martynov (2013) [Qobuz 24-88.2]

Beethoven-Liszt – Symphonies Nos. 7 & 1 – Yury Martynov (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:07:36 minutes | 971 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: 17 to 21 september 2012 in Doopsgezinde Gemeente Church, Haarlem, Netherlands

The Russian pianist Yury Martynov presents here the second volume of the complete recording he has undertaken of the cycle of the Beethoven symphonies as transcribed for the piano by Franz Liszt. For both the pianist and his listeners, this recording constitutes a genuine adventure, combining the creative genius of Beethoven, the inspired vision of these works of the composer and pianist Franz Liszt, and a piano with the same sonic resources as were available to Liszt.

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Beethoven-Liszt – Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 – Yury Martynov (2015) [Qobuz 24-48]

Beethoven-Liszt – Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 – Yury Martynov (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:08:51 minutes | 578 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: 29 september to 3 october 2014 in Doopsgezinde Gemeente Church, Haarlem, Netherlands

“I salute the whole achievement as an astonishing, musically enlightening and historically absorbing must-listen. Recommended.” International Record Review on Yury Martynov’s Beethoven/Liszt cycle Yury Martynov here plays the same Blüthner piano of 1867 chosen for the previous volume in this series as he moves on to Beethoven’s Fourth and Fifth symphonies in their transcriptions by Liszt. The Hungarian composer wrote of his approach: ‘I will be satisfied if I have accomplished the task of the intelligent engraver, the conscientious translator, who grasp the spirit of a work along with the letter, and thereby help to propagate knowledge of the masters and the appreciation of the beautiful.’

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Beethoven-Liszt – Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 – Yury Martynov (2014) [Qobuz 24-88.2]

Beethoven-Liszt – Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 – Yury Martynov (2014) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:21:45 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Zig-Zag Territoires / Outhere Music
Recorded: 23 to 27 september 2013 in Doopsgezinde Gemeente Church, Haarlem, Netherlands

Transcription, for Franz Liszt, was in equal measure a means of celebrating the genius of Beethoven and of meditating on his works. It was also a way of provoking a well-nigh titanic confrontation between the resources of the pianist and his instrument and the immense potential of the orchestra. Thus the power of the interpreter’s conception, his understanding of the essence of the work, become the crucial factor in Liszt’s approach and in the adventure offered to the listener.

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