Performed on original instruments from the time of their first performance, this is the fifth and final volume in the critically acclaimed series “Liszt: The Sound of Weimar” which was initiated by the NCA label to mark the 200th anniversary of the great Hungarian composer’s birth. This disc by the Vienna Academy Orchestra under its highly-regarded Austrian conductor Martin Haselböck features four symphonic poems “for large orchestra”: No. 5 ‘Prometheus’, No. 7 ‘Festklänge’, No. 10 ‘Hamlet, and No. 13 ‘Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe’ (‘From Cradle to Grave’).
The project ‘The Sound of Weimar’ includes all the orchestral works of Franz Liszt in the original orchestration of the live premieres in Weimar. Recorded at the Austrian Liszt Raiding Centre, they come from performances at seven concerts during 2011 and 2012 made by the Vienna Academy Orchestra under the direction of Martin Haselböck. The first of the five-disc series featured the Dante Symphony (60234), and was followed by a first disc of symphonic poems including Les Preludes, Orpheus, and the Berg-Symphonie (60246). The third volume (60250) included three more symphonic poems, Hunnenschlacht, Hungaria, and Mazzepa. Tasso - Lamento e trionfo, Le Triomphe funèbre du Tasse, Héroïde funèbre, and Die Ideale were the works on Volume 4 (60254), also released this summer.
The Austrian conductor Martin Haselböck is the musical director of Musica Angelica in Santa Monica, California. He is the founder and also musical director of the Vienna Academy Orchestra, and with this ensmeble he has established a year-round cycle of concerts for the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in the Great Hall of the Vienna Musikverein.
Prometheus, symphonic poem No. 5, S99
Festklänge, symphonic poem No. 7, S101
Hamlet, symphonic poem No. 10, S104
Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, symphonic poem No. 13, S107
Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselböck