Wagner: Arrangements For Piano / Severin Von Eckardstein
German pianist Severin von Eckardstein, playing a tonally atmospheric 1901 Steinway, evokes the world of Wagner in a rare way with this set of arrangements, conjuring candle-lit drawing rooms of the Romantic era. Highlights include Busoni’s rendition of the “Funeral March” from Götterdämmerung, pianist-conductor Zoltán Kocsis’s arrangement of the Prelude from Tristan und Isolde and, rather than Liszt’s more famous version, Moritz Moszkowski’s take on “Isolde’s Liebestod.” Best, though, are the arrangements from Parsifal, particularly the “Transformation Music” by August Stradal, an acolyte of Liszt. Also included is American composer Sidney Corbett’s ghostly treatment of Kundry motifs from Parsifal, fittingly dedicated to the late Hans Werner Henze.
– Bradley Bambarger, Listen
Catalog Number: 9041805-6
Composer: Ferruccio Busoni, Moritz Moszkowski, Richard Wagner, Sidney Corbett
Performer: Severin von Eckardstein