Yevgeny Sudbin plays Liszt, Ravel & Saint-Saëns
This new album by pianist Yevgeny Sudbin combines works by Liszt, Ravel and Saint-Saëns.
Personally, I have never really connected emotionally with the music of Franz Liszt. There are some common themes in the music on this CD:
‘Funérailles’ is Liszt’s remembrance of his Hungarian countrymen who died in the 1849 uprising against the Austria-Hungary Habsburg Rule. Death also appears in Ravel’s ‘Gaspard de la Nuit’. The program closes with Saint-Saëns’ “Danse macabre”.
The specific selections are as follows:
- Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)
- Transcendental Study, S139 No. 10 ‘Appassionata’
- Transcendental Study, S139 No. 11 ‘Harmonies du soir’
- Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 4)
- Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)
- Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 6)
- Gaspard de la Nuit
- Danse macabre, Op. 40
Based on the transcription by Franz Liszt
Performed by Yevgeny Sudbin, piano
Yevgeny Sudbin has received a lot of praise for his many recordings. I also recall hearing him in a live concert about a year ago and I enjoyed his playing a lot. His CD of music by Scriabin was described in BBC Music Magazine as being ‘as terrifyingly changeable and emotionally all-engulfing as the music itself’.
Here is Yevgeny Sudbin in Ravels “Ondine” from “Gaspard de la Nuit”
And here is ‘Danse Macabre’, performed by Yevgeny Sudbin
Tags: Yevgeny Sudbin, Liszt, Ravel, Danse macabre