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Jerry Lowenthal | Liszt Opera Paraphrases | 80th Birthday Celebration


1: Verdi. Rigoletto: Quartet
2: Verdi. Aida: Danza Sacra e Duetto Final (Sacred Dance and Final Duet)
3: Verdi. Il Trovatore: Miserere
4: Wagner. Der fliegende Holländer: Spinnerlied (Spinning Song from the Flying Dutchman)
5: Verdi. Simon Boccanegra: Réminiscences de Boccanegra
6: Wagner. Lohengrin: Festspiel und Brautlied (Prelude to Act III and Wedding March)
7: Ferruccio Busoni. Chamber Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen (Sonatina No. 6)
Bonus Tracks
8: Encore 1: “Once upon a time…” – An introduction to Liszt’s Rigoletto, narrated by Jerome Lowenthal
(Recorded Live in Santa Barbara, Music Academy of the West, 1981)
9: Encore II: “A little narration of my own …goes Peter and the Wolf!” – Introduction and performance of
Liszt’s Rigoletto (Recorded Live in Santa Barbara, Music Academy of the West, 1981)

SKU: LP1003

Product Description



This collection of Liszt opera paraphrases was first issued on LP by RCA in 1981 and, until now, never released on CD. In addition to the original RCA recital, LP Classics has added three bonus items: Busoni’s Chamber Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen, also known as Sonatina No. 6, and two skits à la Victor Borge, both titled “Little Narration of My Own,” in which Lowenthal talks about the Preludio of the Rigoletto paraphrase by narrating Verdi’s libretto and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf story, respectively.

A truly remarkable disc that we hope you will add to your collection – but don’t take our word for it, here is what the critics are saying…

“The performances will leave you dazzled. This is, quite simply, Liszt playing of the highest caliber.” ~ Peter J. Rabinowitz

“This disc is tremendous fun to listen to. Jerome Lowenthal, a pupil of Samaroff, Kapell, Steuermann, and Cortot, here plays a full recital of opera paraphrases, six by Liszt and one by Busoni, and it’s obvious that he’s having as much of a ball playing them as we are listening to them. Moreover, his studies with Cortot definitely show in the way he “sings” this operatic music at the keyboard. The music not only sings, but dances—if you can, for a moment, imagine dancing to excerpts from Der fliegende Holländer! I recommend it highly and without hesitation. There are too few discs of this sort that bring unalloyed joy to the listener!” ~ Lynn René Bayley

“Although I had heard others rave about Lowenthal’s 1981 album in the past, this CD was my first chance to actually hear it. And although I was frankly skeptical that the recording could live up to its advance billing, I am happy to report that it did. Put simply, this is regal piano playing of the finest order, which radiates with seasoned confidence, gusto, and the kind of mastery that goes well beyond complete command of the instrument. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a great artist’s 80th birthday than to share his timeless artistry with the world. Enthusiastically recommended.” ~ Radu A. Lelutiu


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