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Artist/Band: Mehmet Okonsar

modern: -adjective
pertaining to, or characteristic of contemporary styles of art, literature, music, etc., that reject traditionally accepted or sanctioned forms and emphasize individual experimentation and sensibility. (

This is not a late-works-by-Liszt-CD. "Modern" qualifies the works of Liszt as of few other composers. The selections presented on this recording encompasses a relatively large period of the creative life of Liszt.

The two "Légendes", composed between 1863-65, together with the Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H (composed for organ in 1855, revised 1870) are the earliest of his compositions presented in this album, the two Csárdás ("Macabre" and "Obstiné"), 1882, and the "Bagatelle sans tonalité", 1885, are the latest.

However missing the obvious modern qualities in his Etudes, even the Paganini ones, would be a sizable mistake. The complete vocabulary which will emancipate the tonal boundaries are visible everywhere. The whole-tone scales and symmetrical chord formations in the Dante Sonata, the ambiguity of the diminished seventh will inevitably lead to the Bagatelle without tonality.

The premonition of the "impressionism à la Ravel" found in the Jeux d'eaux, which seems to be agreed on, for once, by every music-critic, is only a step towards a radical remodeling of the music language Liszt made in his last decades.

Title #1968708
Format: CD-R