Kauten: Liszt Malediction, Hungarian Fantasy, etc. - Sony 88697 98466 2 (DDD, 2CD set)
MINT / made in the EU
From the mdt.co.uk website:
- CD 1: Totentanz – Paraphrase on „Dies Irae“ for piano and orchestra, Malédiction for piano and string orchestra, Les Préludes – symphonic poem No.3, Hungarian fantasy for piano and orchestra
- CD 2: Mephisto Waltz No.1 for piano solo, Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième Année: Italie, Hungarian Rhapsody No.14 in F minor
Andrea Kauten (piano)
Savaria Symphony Orchestra / Ádám Medveczky
"Liszt’s two piano concertos are well known. His other compositions for piano and orchestra like “Malédiction” or the “Paraphrase on ‘Dies Irae’” are less known, but they are just as appealing as the main works. In the masterwork Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage) - Deuxième année: Italie, Liszt's complete musical style, which ranges from virtuosic fireworks to sincerely moving emotional statements is evident. His musical maturity can be seen evolving through his experience and travel. The music of Franz Liszt is especially important to pianist Andrea Kauten. Trained from the age of seven, the Swiss-Hungarian pianist became a finalist at the Jecklin Competition in Zurich at 13 and won first prize at the Swiss Youth Music Competition one year later. Then a MIGROS scholarship enabled her to continue her studies at the famous Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. This opportunity, and the brilliant combination of technique and expressivity she admires in Liszt’s music have left an indelible mark on her playing. Her close blend of sensitivity and consummate technique enables her to coax unimaginable sounds from the concert grand piano. Her playing is poetic – now subdued, now richly expressive, but always eminently creative and always in keeping with the demands of the music."