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FRANCOIS-RENE DUCHABLE PLAYS LISZT




On this page, Francois-Rene Duchable plays Liszt.  Among them are the complete Transcendental Études, the Sonata in B minor, and a number of Liszt's most popular works.  Included are two extraordinary transcriptions of orchestral works by Berlioz, the Symphonie Fantastique and Harold in Italy.

Duchable's mastery of this music is evident in even the most technically demanding of Liszt's writing for the piano.  The clarity and delicacy of passages that were undoubtedly composed with the idea in mind that only Liszt himself might be able to play them is often astounding.

I particularly like the way Duchable plays Liszt's Polonaise.  This is a work with which I have never before really connected.  Perhaps it is due to the tendency most pianists have in trying to emphasize the Chopinesque aspects of the polonaise rhythm.  In this performance, Duchable is faithful to Liszt's vision resulting in a very different conception of the piece.  Rather than being left with the impression that Liszt was unsuccessful in writing a polonaise (alla Chopin), one is treated to wondrous subtleties and depths of expression that, dare I say it, Chopin never imagined in writing his versions of this dance form



Berlioz-Liszt  Symphonie fantastique, Op 14 (rev Duchable)

i Rêvries - Passion
12:48ii Un bal
18:55iii Scène aux champs
33:22iv Marche au supplice
37:48v Songe d'une nuit de Sabbat

recorded in 1979




Berlioz-Liszt  Harold in Italy, Op 16
with Gérard Caussé, viola

i "Harold aux montagnes"
ii "Marche des pèlerins"
iii "Sérénade"
iv "Orgie de brigands"

recorded in 1987




Liszt  Paganini Étude 3 "La Campanella"

recorded live in 1974




Liszt  Transcendental Etudes 


1 in C major "Preludio"



2 in A minor



3 in F major "Paysage"



4 in D minor "Mazeppa"



5 in B major "Feux Follets"



6 in G minor "Vision"



7 in E major "Eroica"



8 in C minor "Wild Jagd"



9 in A major "Ricordanza"



10 Allegro agitato molto in F minor "Appassionata"
recorded live in 1978



11 in D major "Harmonies Du Soir"



12 Allegro agitato molto in B minor "Chasse Niege"




Liszt  Mephisto Waltz 1, S 514

recorded live in 1974




Liszt  Légende 2 "Saint-François de Paul marchant sur les flots"

recorded live in 2013




Liszt  Consolation 3 Lento placido in D major, S 172

recorded live in 1974




Liszt  Polonaise 2 in E major, S 223

recorded live in 1974




Liszt   7 Funérailles from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S 173

recorded live in 1974




Liszt  Piano Sonata in B minor

recorded in 1984




Liszt  Sonetto 104 del Petrarca S 161

recorded live in 1974




Liszt  Tre Sonetti del Petrarca
with Denia Mazzola Gavazzeni, soprano

1 Pace non trovo
2 I' vidi in terra
3 Benedetto sia 'l giorno

recorded live in 2013










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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