July 5, 2017

Prelude and Liberacestod


Existential dread can take many forms, but none more potent than when you realize how easily a once revolutionary musical work can be transformed into a typical Liberace piece.  I would never have believed such a catastrophic devaluation of artistic stature were possible had I not come across this live recording of Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, performed in a piano transcription by the respected Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art in January of 2009.

God forbid I ever hear Gruppen sound this way...

1 comment:

Boom said...

One reader kindly informed me that the piano transcription is by Franz Liszt. And that the piece is Liebestod, not Prelude to Act One as I originally wrote in my post.