FISCH, ASHER Liszt Wagner Paraphrases. Melba Recordings

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Fisch Asher Liszt Wagner Paraphrases Melba Recordings

ASHER FISCH Liszt Wagner Paraphrases

1. Am stillen Herd aus Meistersinger, S448

2. Spinnerlied aus Der fliegende Holländer, S440

3. Pilgerchor aus Tannhäuser, S443i

4. O du, mein holder Abendstern aus Tannhäuser, S444

5. Einzug der Gäste auf Wartburg aus Tannhäuser, S445/1a

6. Elsas Brautzug zum Münster aus Lohengrin, S445/2

7. Isoldens Liebestod aus Tristan und Isolde, S447

8. Albumblatt für Frau Betty Schott, WWV 108 (Wagner)

9. Ankunft bei den schwarzen Schwänen, WWV 95 (Wagner)

10. Albumblatt 'In das Album der Fürstin M.', WWV 94 (Wagner)

Asher Fisch (piano)

A new album from Melba Recordings offers Wagner “unplugged”: favourite concert selections from the operas arranged by Franz Liszt for the piano. Asher Fisch is one of the most noted Wagnerian conductors today and he brings a symphonic sensibility and lyricism to these concert showpieces. His poetic readings of Liszt’s Wagner Paraphrases have been developed through an acclaimed career in the opera houses of Europe. These are deeply satisfying performances shot through with heartfelt musical insights, Fisch’s first piano solo recording.

Liszt’s paraphrases are more than mere transcriptions, they give heart and soul and expressive voice to the mighty originals, heightened by his own inimitable virtuosity. The selections recorded here include paraphrases on music from The Mastersingers of Nuremburg, The Flying Dutchman, Tannhauser, and Lohengrin, plus of course, the famous ‘Liebestod’ from Tristan and Isolde.

In these performances, Asher Fisch displays a depth of scholarship and understanding of historical context, uncovering hints of the changing and often highly charged relationship between the two great composers; Liszt’s hinting at the origin of the Tristan Chord or later disrespectfully thumbing his nose at Wagner with the addition of a virtuoso octave scale. Fisch knows where all the bodies are buried in these scores, and just how to bring out the detail at its most vivid and vital.

Although not widely regarded as a composer of major works for piano, Wagner’s three exquisite miniatures that conclude this album show that, away from the opera house, he could craft music on a smaller scale that is both intimate and personal.

Melba Recordings MR301141

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