Transcendental Etudes, S.139, R.2b

Russell Sherman, piano

1 . I. Preludio: Presto in C Major
2. II. Molto vivace, in A Minor
3. III. Paysage, in F Major
4. IV. Mazeppa: Allegro, in D Minor
5. V. Feux follets: Allegretto, in B-flat Major
6. VI. Vision: Lento, in G Minor
7. VII. Eroica: Allegro, in E-flat Minor
8. VIII. Wilde Jagd: Presto furioso, in C Minor
9. IX. Ricordanza: Andantino, in D Major
10.  X. Allegro agitato molto, in F Minor
11. XI. Harmonies du soir: Andantino, in D-flat
12. XII. Chasse-neige, in B-flat Minor

Hungarian Rhapsodies for Orchestra, S. 244, R.106

Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Anatol Fistoulari, conductor
13. Hungarian Rhapsodies for Orchestra, S. 244, R.106, No. 1 in E Major/C-sharp Minor
14. Hungarian Rhapsodies for Orchestra, S. 244, R.106, No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor
15. Hungarian Rhapsodies for Orchestra, S. 244, R.106, No. 3 in B-flat Major
16. Hungarian Rhapsodies for Orchestra, S. 244, R.106, No. 4 in E-flat Major
17. Hungarian Rhapsodies for Orchestra, S. 244, R.106, No. 5 in E Minor
18. Hungarian Rhapsodies for Orchestra, S. 244, R.106, No. 6 in D-flat Major

19. Reminiscences de Robert le Diable – Valse infernale, S. 413
Earl Wild, piano

20. Two Konzertetuden, S. 145: No. 2

Presto scherzando (Gnomenreigen)
Earl Wild, piano

21.Mephisto Polka, S. 217
Earl Wild, piano

22. Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514 (Dance in the Village Inn)
Earl Wild, piano

23.Reminiscences de Don Juan, S. 518
Earl Wild, piano

24.Valse de l’opera Faust de Gounod, S. 407
Earl Wild, piano

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, S. 124

Emil Gilels, piano; State Symphony Orchestra of Russia; Kiril Kondrashin, conductor
25  I. Allegro maestoso
26  II. Quasi adagio – Allegretto vivace – Allegro animato
27 : III. Finale, allegro marziale animato

Annees de pelerinage 2nd Year ('Italie'), S.161

Russell Sherman, piano

28. VII. Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi una sonata ('Dante Sonata')

Annees de pelerinage 3rd Year, S. 163

Russell Sherman, piano
29. IV. Les Jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este

Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178
Jeanne-Marie Darre, piano
30. Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178: I. Lento assai – Allegro energico
31. Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178: II. Andante sostenuto
32. Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178: III. Allegro energico

Paganini Etude No. 3 in G-Sharp Minor, S. 141
Jeanne-Marie Darre, piano

33. No. 3, “La Campanella”

34. Valse oubliee (Forgotten Waltz) No 1 in F-Sharp Major, S. 215, No. 1
Jeanne-Marie Darre, piano

Annees de pelerinage, Annees II, S. 158
Jeanne-Marie Darre, piano

35. No. 6, “Sonetto 123 del Petrarca”

Transcendental Etude No. 5 in B-Flat Major S. 139
Jeanne-Marie Darre, piano

36. No. 5, “Feux-follets”

Transcendental Etude No. 11 in D-Flat Major S. 139
Jeanne-Marie Darre, piano
37. No. 11, “Harmonies du soir”

Hungarian Rhapsody, S. 244, R.106 

Alfred Brendel, piano
38. No. 15 in A Minor ('Rakoczy March')
39. No. 3 in B-flat Major
40. No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor
41 . No. 13 in A Minor
42. No. 8 in F-sharp Minor
43. No. 17 in D Minor

44.  Czardas obstine, S. 225
Alfred Brendel, piano


There is a surprising dedication to the music of Franz Liszt in the catalog of The Bach Guild. There isn’t the drive and dedication that one finds when examining composers who were of complete interest to the Solomon Brothers (like Bach, Handel or Haydn). The clues left in the catalog lead one to a simple conclusion: pianists love Liszt. And as pianists were gathered in the 50 year active recording history of The Bach Guild/Vanguard Classics, they gathered enough negotiation power to record “one for them”.

So, the end result is that tucked into the Vanguard catalog are several hours of wonderful Liszt recordings. Only one orchestral recording, only one of the concerti, but many hours of superb piano performances from Alfred Brendel, Jeanne-Marie Darre, Russell Sherman and Earl Wild.

To the meticulous and collectors among our followers, you won’t find much here that has been difficult to find. Emil Gilels’s performance of the Liszt has been out of print on CD for 20 years, and is not available digitally so that’s a treat for all concerned. The Hungarian Rhapsodies performed by the Vienna State Opera Orchestra is well-known to collectors for its sound quality, and a few CDs have floated around the marketplace, but as with the Gilels, this represents the digital debut of these fine recordings.

But the other Liszt performances, due mainly to the high visibility of the performers, has not been hidden away in the vaults.  We have included all the works, so there are a few instances of repeated works.

But never has all of it been compiled and placed in one simple, accessible set.

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