Charles Owen – Liszt: Annees de pelerinage, Suisse Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude (2021) [FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Charles Owen – Liszt: Annees de pelerinage, Suisse Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/192kHz | Time – 01:07:43 minutes | 1,84 GB | Genre: Classical
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With his critically acclaimed AVIE Records releases of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Gabriel Faur’e and Sergei Rachmaninov to his credit, the celebrated British pianist Charles Owen scales the heights of Franz Liszt’s anthology Ann’ees de p`elerinage, Premi`ere ann’ee: Suisse (“Years of Travel, First Year: Switzerland”), which evokes the great 19th-century pianist-composer’s Swiss sojourns with aural impressions of the Alpine landscape, its peaks and valleys, mountains and streams, and the country’s distinctive folk music. Literary references abound as they do in the album’s concluding piece, the emotional B’en’ediction de Dieu dans la solitude (“The Blessing of God in Solitude”) which was inspired by a poem penned by Liszt’s friend Alphonse de Lamartine. Emotions ran equally high for Charles Owen who turned to Liszt during lockdown. The uncertainty of being homebound throughout the pandemic was eased by the extra meaning and solace of the composer’s evocations of journeying, experiencing the natural world and its sense of beauty and liberation.

“I first encountered Franz Liszt’s epic cycle of Swiss-inspired pieces through the revelatory recordings by Alfred Brendel. The stirring quality of Brendel’s playing and Liszt’s music struck a resonant chord in my fledgling teenage mind, initiating a desire to one day tackle the scores myself!

Liszt’s extraordinarily powerful imagination was fired up by a wide range of visual, aural and literary experiences. The Alpine views he encountered on his journeys of the 1830s, the awe-inspiring mountains, fields, lakes and valleys all found exquisite musical depiction in his Annees de pelerinage, Suisse.

During the first Covid lockdown of spring 2020, I became especially drawn to this music for its evocation of the natural world, its sense of beauty and liberation. Against the background of an unexpected homebound existence, the imagery of journeying took on extra meaning in my mind. Together with Liszt’s sublime ‘Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude’, these pieces became constant, valued companions during some very uncertain days.

The recording was made in the autumn of 2020 at my alma mater, the Yehudi Menuhin School, a unique musical enclave where many of my most formative artistic experiences and friendships began. The chosen piano was the school’s brand-new Steinway Model D, an exceptionally resonant, colourful instrument ideal for Liszt’s sonorities. The sessions finished on Halloween, at which point a lone bat emerged from the Menuhin Hall’s high ceiling and whirled above the piano! An unexpected portent perhaps? Moments later the UK Prime Minister announced another lockdown.” (Charles Owen, June 2021)

Tracklist:
1. Annees de pelerinage, Premiere annee: Suisse, S. 160: 1. Chapelle de Guillaume Tell (05:30)
2. Annees de pelerinage, Premiere annee, Suisse, S. 160: 2. Au lac de Wallenstadt (03:50)
3. Annees de pelerinage, Premiere annee, Suisse, S. 160: 3. Pastorale (01:51)
4. Annees de pelerinage, Premiere annee: Suisse, S. 160: 4. Au bord d’une source (04:34)
5. Annees de pelerinage, Premiere annee: Suisse, S. 160: 5. Orage (04:39)
6. Annees de pelerinage, Premiere annee: Suisse, S. 160: 6. Vallee d’Obermann (14:30)
7. Annees de pelerinage, Premiere annee: Suisse, S. 160: 7. Eglogue (03:21)
8. Annees de pelerinage, Premiere annee: Suisse, S. 160: 8. Le mal du pays (Heimweh) (05:43)
9. Annees de pelerinage, Premiere annee: Suisse, S.160 (06:13)
10. Harmonies Poetiques Et Religieuses, G. 153 (17:32)

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