Class. Music CD Organ-Piano Trns Bach-Liszt

Organ-Piano TranscriptionsVladimir Viardo, PianistPPR224509  WITH WORLD PREMIERE TRANSCRIPTIONS BY THE PIANIST, VLADIMIR VIARDOFranz Liszt, one of the most prodigiously energetic geniuses of the 19th Century, left an enormous body of piano literature, dominated by transcriptions of all kinds.  With his uncanny understanding of the registers of tone colors of the modern piano, Liszt effectively transcribed the sound and spirit of widely varied works into the new medium.  Thus, his Paganini etudes imitate the virtuoso violin effects and daemonic personality of that inspired performer, whilst his great Schubert lieder transcriptions miraculously reproduce the human  voice in terms of the piano.Liszt's younger contemporary, César Franck was perhaps the most important composer of organ pieces since Bach.  many of his works such as the Prelude, fugue and Variation in B minor are distinguished by their noble melanc0hly.,.  The transcription on this CD is the work of Harold Bauer, the great English pianist.Franck's greatest masterpieces herewith transcribed by Vladimir Viardo, the pianist complete the CD.  These are the second and the third of the Trois Chorals, Franck's last testament-----Risk distinguishes Vladimir Viardo's presence in classical music.  His music making is a daring process that invites the listener to explore greater breadth of communication.  Driven by his belief that performance must transcend mere entertainment or display of skill, he induces audiences to join him in a poetic-philosophical research of life through layers of intellect, imagination and cultural association.  Mr. Viardo's exuberant temperament and sincere passion expose spontaneous creativity grounded in a virtuosity that never fails to produce exhilarating exchange, and profound complicity in concert.Although Viardo represents the "Russian School", he is not a typical Russian musician ... a fact recognized even in his homeland.  Born in the Caucasus Mountains near the Black Sea, he studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Lev Naumov (custodian of the Heinrich Neuhaus methods that are credited with producing the extraordinary strain of twentieth-century Russian keyboard masters such as Gilels and Richter).International headlines first arrived at the age of twenty-one, after winning a "Grand Prix” and the "Prix du Prince Rainier' in the 1971 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris.  Two years later, vying with sixty-six of the best pianists from twenty-one  countries, Viardo carried off the top prize in the Fourth Quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  PPR224509Vladimir Viardo, PianoOrgan-Piano Transcriptions Bach-Liszt,  Franck-Viardo Choral No.2, 3J.S. Bach-Liszt (1685 - 1750):Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543· Prelude· FugueCésar Franck-Viardo (1822 - 1890):Choral No.2 in B Minor World PremiereChoral No.3 in A Minor World PremiereCésar Franck-Bauer-Viardo:Prelude, Fugue and Variation, Op.18 in B Minor· Prelude· Fugue· VariationCésar Franck-Viardo: Choral No.3 in A Minor World PremiereTotal Playing Time 40’ 46”


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