HD-Vinyl 24/96 (PYE Nixa) Michele Campanella Plays Franz Liszt

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Franz Liszt was a virtuoso pianist, an amazing composer and brought many innovations to classical piano music. He was the first to introduce the solo recital and provided more independence to musicians raising the artistic level of concert performances. Liszt brought even more freedom to pianists by creating a completely new piano technique that allowed playing fast and brilliantly at the same time. Transcriptions and paraphrases played a special role in Liszt’s professional life. Unlike others pianists of his time, he never viewed transcriptions as tools for showing off his virtuoso abilities. Liszt transcribed works of others in order to promote music of not very well known composers to the public .….

Composer: Franz Liszt

Performer: Michele Campanella
Vinyl 1978

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: PYE Nixa
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 951 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

….. In orchestral transcriptions he introduced new sound to reflect the contribution of many instruments. In transcriptions of songs Liszt aimed at preserving a vocal line while creating a self contained piano piece with rich accompaniment. In opera transcriptions he managed to describe characters and ideas in all their complexity based on just a small fragment of an opera. Liszt’s works contain an astonishing number of piano transcriptions of works by other composers. Some of these are extremely faithful to the original. For example, Beethoven’s Symphonies or Erlkonig from Schubert’s Lieder. Further Paganini’s 3rd Mov of his ‘Campanella’ Violin Concerto and Mephisto’s Waltz.

Others are more rhapsodic, taking themes from here and there in larger works and treating them to more or less free development like Verdi’s Rigoletto. These pieces are referred to as paraphrases, and one of the most remarkable aspects of them is how they manage to sound like Liszt and the original composer at the same time.

Michele Campanella is an Italian pianist who specialises in the music of Franz Liszt, and is also a conductor. Campanella was born June 5th 1947 in Naples. He won the Alfredo Casella Prize at age 19, after studying with Vincenzo Vitale. This led to an international performing career, taking him to many countries (the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, China, Argentina, Brazil), regularly appearing at international music festivals such as Lucerne, Vienna, Berlin, Prague, Taormina, Turin, and Pesaro, and working with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Vernon Handley, Eliahu Inbal, Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Thomas Schippers, Hubert Soudant, and Christian Thielemann.

He is also a regular chamber music player, and has often appeared with Salvatore Accardo, Rocco Filippini and Claudio Desideri. He has devoted complete seasons to a single composer—Franz Liszt, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms. He has recorded the complete works of Beethoven, Mozart’s piano concertos, the complete variations by Brahms, and the complete Hungarian Rhapsodies and many of the major transcriptions of Liszt. For his Liszt recordings, Campanella received the Grand Prix du Disque of the Franz Liszt Society in Budapest in 1976, 1977 and 1998, as well as the “Premio della critica discografica italiana” in 1980.[1] He also received the Fondazione Premio Napoli and Fondazione Guido e Roberto Cortese awards.

Campanella has also recorded works by Mily Balakirev, Ferruccio Busoni, Frédéric Chopin, Muzio Clementi, Modest Mussorgsky, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel, Gioachino Rossini, Camille Saint-Saëns, Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Schubert, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Carl Maria von Weber. Campanella is professor of piano at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena. He is also a member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.[2] He gives annual master classes at the Villa Rufolo in Ravello.

He has performed as conductor and soloist with several Italian orchestras, including the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the ORT-Orchestra della Toscana, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, I Filarmonici di Verona, and the Orchestra da Camera of Padua.

Analyzed Folder: /96k Liszt – Michele Campanella Plays Liszt_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -0.50 dB -21.08 dB A1 Harmonies Poetiques Et Religieuses No. 7 ‘Les Funerailles’.flac
DR15 -0.31 dB -21.07 dB A2 Mephisto Waltz No. 1.flac
DR16 -3.76 dB -25.89 dB B1 Valse Impromptu.flac
DR14 -0.38 dB -19.31 dB B2 Prelude And Fugue On The Name B.A.C.H..flac
DR16 -4.34 dB -28.55 dB B3 Annees De Pelerinage III No. 3 ‘Les Jeux D’Eaux A La Villa D’Este.flac
Number of Files: 5
Official DR Value: DR15



Ripping Info


A few words about the way i’ve been cleaning vinyl records and post-processing rips, since summer 2017: After washing and recording the vinyl, I use a kind of mixed cleaning of the rip, which consists of mostly manual rather than automatic de-clicking, (the latter only on unimportant passages, such as end of the groove, beginning and end of the songs, applause, speaking). I often leave the rips almost rough, de-clicking only the silences between the tracks. Never de-noising or/and EQ, as unfortunately some do. I prefer to hear a bit of quiet noises of the clean groove, that contain something of the music, rather than generate clinically clean files that may, eventually, sound a bit dead. If you do not agree, do not download my rips and buy instead digital files or CDs.
When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music 😀
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  • Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
  • DR-Analisys
  • Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96 & 24/192: Twisted Wave 1.18
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