I have several recordings of these works -- I'm always looking for a "best" performance. This isn't it. Put simply, the recording and performance are both thin and ancient sounding, despite digital re-mastering. In Les Preludes, there is simply a lack of conviction, and the lack of affect is made worse by a recording that makes the orchestra sound understaffed by half. A much -- vastly -- better recording is available on Hungaroton (HCD 12446-2) with the Hungarian State Orchestra conducted by Janos Ferencsik. It also includes the tone poems Orpheus and Tasso. All three tone poems are recorded in fine, full sonics, with wonderful hall sound, and receive committed, energetic recordings, just about the best I've found over the years. If you are serious about the Liszt tone poems, don't waste your money on this CD.
Les Preludes and Rakoczy march exciting, other stuff uneven
I purchased this CD for the Rákóczy March to use while flying kites (it's fun to listen to music while flying). For the price, one can't go wrong with these recordings.
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