Verdi Transcriptions from Franz Liszt

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Florence: Via Giuseppe Verdi (whiskerj/flickr)

On this edition of Reflections from the Keyboard, we celebrate the music of Giuseppe Verdi through Franz Lizst's paraphrases of Verdi operas.

Liszt generally approaches transcriptions one of two ways. The first is a relatively faithful transcription, taking songs and phrases from operas or symphonies and composing a reproduction of the music for the keyboard. In other transcriptions he is more improvisational, taking a work and building it in his own image.

In Liszt's transcriptions and paraphrases of Verdi, we hear as much of Liszt as we do of the great Giuseppe. The composer makes sure the beautiful melodies are kept intact as much as possible, while still putting his own Lisztian spin on them.

Playlist:

Verdi (arr. Franz Liszt): Coro di festa e marcia funebre from "Don Carlos", S 435

— Claudio Arrau

Verdi (arr. Franz Liszt): Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436

— Daniel Barenboim

Verdi (arr. Franz Liszt): Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433

— Michele Campanella

Verdi (arr. Franz Liszt): Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434

— Jorge Bolet

Verdi (arr. Franz Liszt) Paraphrase de concert on Verdi's "Ernani", S 432

— Claudio Arrau

Verdi (arr. Franz Liszt): Salve Maria de Jérusalem from Verdi's "I Lombardi", S 431

— Claudio Arrau

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Comments [2]

Valerie from New York

Thank you for bringing David Dubal back where he belongs, with a classical music audience who thirsts for the truly knowledgeable approach he brings to his presentations. Mr. Dubal is a master of his craft which is why he can touch and enrich each of us, whether novice or expert. A classic is a classic throughout whatever programming, formatting or branding changes a station encounters. This decision reignited WQXR.

Oct. 10 2013 10:25 PM
ann russell

this was a WONDERFUL program. i thoroughly enjoyed the music & mr. dubal's intelligent, informative comments.

Oct. 10 2013 09:26 PM

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