Liszt, Erard 1852 (Piano Works on Authentic Instruments)


  • Artist(s): Maria Luisa Macellaro La Franca
  • Composer(s): Franz Liszt
  • EAN Code: 8.06810877982
  • Edition: Da Vinci Classics
  • Format: 1 Cd
  • Genre: Instrumental
  • Instrumentation: Piano
  • Period: Romantic
  • Publication year: 2016
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FROM ALBUM NOTES by Edmondo Filippini:

Franz Liszt was one of the leaders of the Romantic movement. The imaginative and technical methods in his compositions left their mark upon his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated greatly 20th-century ideas; he made a radical experiment in harmony evolving the ‘transformation of themes’ and ideals and aspirations of the 19th century more than any other major musician. As many scholars claim one of the chief obstacles faced by Liszt’s music is that of finding satisfactory interpreters. It tends to attract those players who think that their duty is done if they play it fast and loud. Nothing more wrong, especially on piano Erard, one of the Liszt’s favourite. Moreover, since they tend to play the same small handful of pieces, they never experience the enormous range of his creative output, and thus deprive themselves of an important learning experience. His music, moreover, is not performer-proof but rests to an unusual degree on the personality of the player. The reason for this is clear. Liszt composed with the outlook of a performer, and performed with the insight of a composer. […]


Macellaro la Franca, Maria Luisa (Pianist), conductor, and composer. She is considered one of the most important Italian artists, with a wide repertoire both on original instrument and modern piano and she collaborates with musicians such as Thibault Cauvin, Rudolf Koelman, Domenico Nordio, Ertuğ Korkmaz and Sarah O’Brien. She received the degree, with honors, at Conservatorio V. Bellini in Palermo and continued piano studies under K. Scherbakov at Zürich Musikhochschule and orchestral conducting with Lior Shambadal, the conductor of Berliner Symphoniker. She won the first prize in numerous nationals and internationals competitions like Modica (1992), Ibla Grand prize International Music competition (2000) and played in major theatres such as Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Amici dell’Opera in Piacenza, Konzert Saal of Musikhocschule Winterthur, Bleuer and Grosser Saal in Zürich, Musikkollegium in St.Morizt, Sala Boccadoro in Lugano (Switzerland) and Grand Théâtre Opera Bordeaux and many others. In February 2015 she made her debut as a director in Berlin with Berliner Sinfonietta as the winner of IBM international conductor selection. She is often invited as pianist and conductor into international festivals such as Festival du Capferret (Lege Capferret), Rio de Janneiro International Festival (Rio), Swiss Fest (Geneve), Balkan Fest (Zurich), Festival d’Autunno (Cuneo), Como Lake Festival and many others. During season 2016/2017 she made her first concert at Opera de Bordeaux and at Olympia de Arcachon and in season 2017/2018 is set the debut with Orkestra Akademik Baskent in Turkey with the Piano Concerto No.2 by S.Rachmaninoff. She is the Principal Conductor of Orchestre Symphonique Unisson ACME Bordeaux with whom she performs in many different French theaters.

As a composer, she won Envie d’agire France 2009, Label Iddac à la Creation 2009 and “Ambasciatrice di cultura nel Mondo 2012” for “Cantata for the Death of Falcone and Borsellino”. Her creation “Emes Symphony” was commissioned by the Government of the French Republic for the anniversary of the “European Holocaust Victims”. The piece has been performed at the Theatre Jean Vilar Eysines gaining a great success from audience and critic (more than 1200 people attended the 4 concerts) and won the “Prix du Conseil Général de Gironde”. Another important commission of the French Government was the “Messe pour la Paix” inspired to Africa Human Genocides for Choir, Theatre, and Orchestra. She recorded for Lux Classics and Da Vinci Classics.


Franz Liszt: (b Raiding, (Doborján), 22 Oct 1811; d Bayreuth, 31 July 1886). Hungarian composer, pianist and teacher. He was one of the leaders of the Romantic movement in music. In his compositions he developed new methods, both imaginative and technical, which left their mark upon his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated some 20th-century ideas and procedures; he also evolved the method of ‘transformation of themes’ as part of his revolution in form, made radical experiments in harmony and invented the symphonic poem for orchestra. As the greatest piano virtuoso of his time, he used his sensational technique and captivating concert personality not only for personal effect but to spread, through his transcriptions, knowledge of other composers’ music. As a conductor and teacher, especially at Weimar, he made himself the most influential figure of the New German School dedicated to progress in music. His unremitting championship of Wagner and Berlioz helped these composers achieve a wider European fame. Equally important was his unrivalled commitment to preserving and promoting the best of the past, including Bach, Handel, Schubert, Weber and above all Beethoven; his performances of such works as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Hammerklavier Sonata created new audiences for music hitherto regarded as incomprehensible. The seeming contradictions in his personal life – a strong religious impulse mingled with a love of worldly sensation – were resolved by him with difficulty. Yet the vast amount of new biographical information makes the unthinking view of him as ‘half gypsy, half priest’ impossible to sustain. He contained in his character more of the ideals and aspirations of the 19th century than any other major musician.

Profile from The New Grove dictionary of Music and Musicians

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