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Avan Yu - Liszt: Schubert Song Transcriptions (2016)

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Avan Yu - Liszt: Schubert Song Transcriptions (2016)

Avan Yu - Liszt: Schubert Song Transcriptions (2016)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog Number: 8573349

Liszt had a particular affection for the music of Schubert whom he considered to be “the most poetic musician who ever lived”. Ordered according to key relationships rather than the narrative content of the verse, his transcriptions of Schubert’s two great song cycles, Winterreise and Schwanengesang are outstanding examples of the genre and formed a popular part of his concert programmes during his years as a travelling virtuoso. Avan Yu, one of Canada’s most exciting pianists, won the Gold Medal at the Canadian Chopin Competition at the age of seventeen.

Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Avan Yu

Reviews: Winner of the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition, the Canadian pianist Avan Yu (born 1987) devotes his Naxos CD debut to Schubert songs transcribed by Franz Liszt. He offers all but two of the 12 Winterreise transcriptions, plus 10 selections from Liszt’s piano version of the entire posthumously published Schwanengesang cycle.

Liszt’s lavish filigree may sound a little overloaded by purist standards, yet he always treats the melodies with respect and intelligent registral deployment. Many young virtuosos plow through these transcriptions with little indication that they know the original songs. Avan Yu, however, brilliantly reconciles Schubert’s melodic trajectory with Liszt’s intricate textures.

In Winterreise’s Mut, for example, Yu differentiates the accompaniment’s springing rhythms and the legato vocal line through touch and timbre, while Das Wirtshaus’ arpeggio waves maintain a discreet background, even at climaxes. In Schwanengesang I’m especially impressed by how Yu gives shape and meaning to Am Meer’s tremolos, rather than rattling them off in the manner of a silent movie pianist. Likewise, Kriegers Ahnung’s chromatic flourishes and double notes convey appropriate flair yet never overstep their supporting role.

It would have been nice if Liszt’s six remaining transcriptions from these cycles had also been included, but one shouldn’t complain in light of Yu’s highly appealing artistry. On the basis of the present release, plus a number of YouTube links that feature some excellent Debussy Etudes and a complete audio-only Liszt Sonata, I’d like to hear more of Avan Yu both on disc and in concert.

Tracklisting:

Franz Liszt

Schubert Song Transcriptions

Winterreise, S561/R246 – Excerpts
[1] No. 1 Gute Nacht
[2] No. 2 Die Nebensonnen
[3] No. 3 Mut
[4] No. 4 Die Post
[5] No. 5 Erstarrung
[6] No. 8 Der Leiermann
[7] No. 9 Täuschung
[8] No. 10 Das Wirtshaus

Schwanengesang, S560/R245 – Excerpts
[9] No. 1 Die Stadt
[10] No. 2 Das Fischermädchen
[11] No. 4 Am Meer
[12] No. 5 Abschied
[13] No. 6 In der Ferne
[14] No. 7 Ständchen
[15] No. 9 Frühlingssehnsucht
[16] No. 11 Der Atlas
[17] No. 13 Die Taubenpost
[18] No. 14 Kriegers Ahnung

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