Martin Haselbock, Orchester Wiener Akademie – Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies (2013) [Qobuz 24-96]

Martin Haselbock, Orchester Wiener Akademie – Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies (2013)
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Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz

Two years ago, on the occasion of the two hundredth anniversary of Liszt’s birth, the internationally renowned Austrian conductor Martin Haselböck began releasing his complete orchestral works in performances on original instruments of the nineteenth century. The Hungarian Rhapsodies number among Liszt’s most popular compositions.

Composer: Franz Liszt
Conductor: Martin Haselböck
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Academy Orchestra

Reviews: Forget about the period instrument aspects of this recording. The claim that some of the musicians use instruments that were actually played in orchestras of Liszt’s time is nothing but a gimmick; it’s not the instrument that makes the performance, it’s the player. The claim that this represents “The Sound of Weimar” is pure puffery, and frankly I’m very tired of it and all such similar nonsense. So let’s get that out of the way and move on. It’s not a selling point.

What is a selling point is that this is a very attractive set of the six orchestral Hungarian Rhapsodies. Martin Haselböck remains a fine organist and musician generally, and his belief in Liszt is both honest and musically persuasive. This ongoing “Sound of Weimar” Liszt series has appeared on several labels, and has been largely impressive, not because of the period instrument aspect, but because the Orchestra of the Vienna Academy plays well (mostly), and because the interpretations ask us to take Liszt as seriously as the conductor does. In other words, the musicianship is there. Haselböck paces this music very well. The First Rhapsody, for example, doesn’t really get going until it’s almost half over, but Haselböck finds a flowing tempo from the outset that makes those introductory gestures sound, well, rhapsodic rather than merely spasmodic. Rhapsody No. 4 manages to sound less repetitious than it usually can, while No. 5, the darkest of the set, really does have a nicely “Hungarian” tang that never turns merely glum.

There are only two small caveats: these tasteful performances could benefit from a touch more sparkle, a bit more sense of fun, because the music can take it without necessarily turning vulgar. In both Rhapsody No. 2 and No. 6 Haselböck sounds a touch careful, but if too much seriousness is a fault then it’s probably one in the right direction given what usually happens to these pieces. Second, those “original” trumpets could be played more confidently; they have a lot to do and the players could offer a touch more swagger.

That said, these remain very pleasing, listenable performances even at a single sitting. Textures are clean and clear, and the fact that the music was arranged by Franz Doppler, later corrected and approved by Liszt, seems to make the orchestration in general less screechy than Liszt’s norm. Toss in excellent engineering from the Liszt Concert Hall in his home town of Raiding, and the result is a very enjoyable experience that just might be more musically substantial than you thought possible.

Tracklisting:

1. Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 1 in F minor by Franz Liszt
Conductor: Martin Haselböck
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Academy Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Venue: Liszt-Konzertsaal, Raiding, Austria
Length: 12 Minutes 7 Secs.

2. Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 2 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Conductor: Martin Haselböck
Period: Romantic
Venue: Liszt-Konzertsaal, Raiding, Austria
Length: 11 Minutes 0 Secs.

3. Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 3 in D major by Franz Liszt
Conductor: Martin Haselböck
Period: Romantic
Venue: Liszt-Konzertsaal, Raiding, Austria
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs.

4. Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 4 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Conductor: Martin Haselböck
Period: Romantic
Venue: Liszt-Konzertsaal, Raiding, Austria
Length: 13 Minutes 22 Secs.

5. Hungarian Rhapsody, for orchestra No. 5 in C sharp minor, S.359/5 (LW G21/5) by Franz Liszt
Conductor: Martin Haselböck
Period: Romantic
Written: 1860
Venue: Liszt-Konzertsaal, Raiding, Austria
Length: 10 Minutes 31 Secs.

6. Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 6 in D major by Franz Liszt
Conductor: Martin Haselböck
Period: Romantic
Venue: Liszt-Konzertsaal, Raiding, Austria
Length: 13 Minutes 59 Secs.

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