Liszt’s chamber music is not well known—to the extent that some music lovers often do not even know it exists—for the sole reason that, in large part, it consists of transcriptions, and the principle of transcription does not automatically inspire confidence in today’s musicians. Yet, aside from the few ‘originals’ proposed in this programme, the transcriptions were quite often realised by Liszt himself, for whom the concepts of transcription, reduction, adaptation or paraphrase were an integral part of musical creation. The works chosen for this recording meet two criteria: they all include a more-or-less solo cello part, and a good number of them come from the 1880-86 period, i.e., Wagner’s and Liszt’s last years.

Diapason d'Or 2007 award 4 étoiles Monde de la Musique award