I didn`t want to make a poll because then most people would just say I love number 2 I like number 1 etc. I want to know what you feel about the Mephisto waltzes.
In my oppinion they are among Liszt greatest works for the piano. And I am having a hard time wondering why only no1 is famous. The other are also very nice in my oppinion.
The mephisto waltzes was a part of my introducing to Liszt`s music. And I had never heard anything with a devilish caracter like these waltzes before. They are so mysterious and so very Liszt. When I listen to them I can almost see the devil dancing around to the music and maybe playing the violin while he is dancing .
I agree that some of Liszt`s music is only to show-off but these pieces certainly aren`t. They are very serious works and the three late ones shows the unfamous late Liszt. I don`t understand why so little of the late Liszt is famous when late Liszt in my oppinion is better thanearlie Liszt in some ways.
I haven`t heared no 3 yet but I love all of the others.
no1 is probably my favourite and it is also the most famous one. I can\t understand why some people play this piece like it is a circus piece when it isn`t.
No 2 is also great and the middle part is extremely beautifull.
No4 is the only one I have played. Mainly because it is th easiest one. But the piece is truely great late Liszt and this piece is really a Mephisto waltz. It is difficult to think of the piece as a waltz but it is really devilish in caracther maybe more so than the others.
So if you have ever heard any of the other what do you think of them?
If you didn`t know a mephisto is a kind of devil wich is described in Goethes faust. But no where in the Bible.