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Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no 1 in A Major

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Franz Liszt :
Mephisto Waltz no 1
Mephisto Waltz no 1   in A Major by Liszt piano sheet music
Key: A Major Year: 1860
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (5187 kB)

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xx Mephisto Waltz n°1 - F. Liszt
October 27, 2013, 06:31:16 PM by lollonapo

Are there too many mistakes, in your opinion?

I missed almost all the leaps at the end, but actually it's the first time it happens; usually that part sounds good. Maybe i was thinking too much about the dynamics Undecided

Anyway, What do you think about it in general? Is it ready for a competition?

(Home Recording)

p.s. : As usual, my piano is awful

Thank you for your help

xx Mephisto Waltz No1
April 12, 2012, 03:56:43 AM by can

Another piece from my recital - Mephisto Waltz. I changed and tried to correct many things since January. It is still not very mature (there are many things to do and many things to correct) but I hope you like it this time. I'd appreciate if you comment and criticise. Thank you.

xx [Video] Franz Liszt -Mephisto Waltz
March 07, 2012, 08:51:18 PM by pwla

xx Jeux d'eau and Mephisto Waltzer
February 21, 2012, 08:17:00 PM by hugoagogo13


A friend of mine played these two pieces at a competition in The Netherlands.

What do you think of his piano playing?  I'm really looking forward to your opinion.


xx VIDEO: Liszt Mephisto Waltz #1
January 24, 2012, 05:27:04 PM by raphaelliotto

Do you have any coments or advices on this performance?


xx [VIDEO] Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (live 2011 Liszt comp. Utrecht)
April 03, 2011, 10:04:54 PM by furiouzpianist

This is my Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1, live from the 2011 Liszt Competition, recorded off the stream.

xx Liszt Waltzes and ternair music
March 18, 2011, 09:54:15 PM by franz_

Does somobody of you know some nice pieces with good 'effect' like fe mephisto waltz and faust gounod waltz? Music of liszt in 3  Smiley
I'm curious.

xx Mephisto Waltz #1 - Audio Recordings
February 02, 2011, 03:14:39 PM by the romantic

Hello all,

For some years I have been collecting audio performances of Liszt's Mephisto Waltz (#1).  In my collection I have 44 recordings, two of which are unidentified!  I was hoping that someone here could Identify the performers for me.  The files are all huge, so I have reduced the quality to attach them to this post.

Here is a list of all the performances I already have:

Year    Performer   Type    Length
1954    Anda, Geza    Studio    11:24
1963    Arrau, Claudio    Live    11:37
1989    Arrau, Claudio    Studio    12:49
1970    Ashkenazy, Vladimir    Studio    11:02
2010    Berezovsky, Boris    Live    08:30
2009    Berezovsky, Boris    Live    08:54
2009    Berezovsky, Boris    Live    08:54
1967    Berman, Lazar    Studio    11:09
2005    Blet, Stephane    Studio    11:17
1982    Bolet, Jorge    Studio    11:38
1958    Brendel, Alfred    Studio    11:14
2007    Buniatishvili, Khatia    Live    09:56
2001    Chan, Susan    Studio    11:17
1972    Cliburn, Van    Live    11:27
1959    Cziffra, Gyorgy    Studio    11:24
1977    Dichter, Misha    Studio    10:45
   Economou, Nicolas    Studio    11:26
1980    Economou, Nicolas    Studio    11:37
1986    Feinberg, Samuel    Studio    10:41
1958    Foldes, Andor    Studio    10:43
2007    Fuks, Anzhelika    Live    10:36
1979    Horowitz, Vladimir    Live    12:15
2008    Hough, Stephen    Live    11:20
1985    Howard, Leslie    Studio    11:18
1995    Howard, Leslie    Studio    10:07    (1st version)
2006    Jando, Jeno    Live    10:34
1945    Kapell, William    Studio    09:53
2006    Karamenderes, Bayram    Live    10:35
2003    Matsuev, Denis    Studio    11:30
1997    Meyrick, Richard    Studio    10:33
2004    Montero, Gabriela    Studio    11:39
1987    Nagy, Peter    Studio    11:50
1961    Ogdon, John    Studio    11:17
2001    Ove Andsnes, Leif    Studio    11:10
1991    Paik, Kun Woo    Studio    11:24
1984    Pletnev, Mikhail    Studio    11:48
1958    Richter, Sviatoslav    Studio    11:07
1955    Rubinstein, Artur    Studio    10:47
1980    Setrakian, Setrak    Studio    12:05    (Apparently his recording)
1989    Sultanov, Alexei    Live    10:58
   Wild, Earl    Studio    10:43
2003    Würtz, Klára    Studio    11:20
   Unknown 1    Studio    11:38
   Unknown 2    Studio    10:47

Most of these recordings were taken from my personal CD collection, with some from YouTube ( & other sources on the internet).  As you can see, there a few pieces of information missing.  The date of Earl Wild's recording (perhaps he made more than one studio recording?), and the date of Economou's performance (which is from this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmIolZU5PRw  I'd appreciate it if anyone could help out!

Regarding the unknown performaces, the first one I found somewhere online, and in the file properties it says that it's Artur Rubinstein.  However, it is definitely not the recording from this CD: http://www.amazon.com/Rubinstein-Collection-Vol-Franz-Liszt/dp/B00005427B/, because the details of that one are already on the list.  Does anyone know of another studio recording from Rubinstein that it might be?

The 2nd one should be easy to identify.  It's a recording I quite enjoyed and it's the Busoni transcription.  The ending sounds very similar to the live recording that I have of Van Cliburn.  Does anyone have a studio recording of Van Cliburn to check it against?

In trying to identify these tracks, I immediately checked them against tracks of a similar length from my collection.  This didn't turn up any answers, so it's pretty safe to rule out those recordings on my list.

Meanwhile, if anyone would like to trade files, I would love to find recordings by any of the following:

Murray Perahia
Julius Katchen

Alfredo Perl
Dezső Ránki
Francois-René Duchable
Minoru Nojima

Evgeny Kissin (Studio)

Or any that I don't have for that matter.  Smiley

EDIT: 2nd track is Van Cliburn from 1975!

xx Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (rec 1.11.11, unedited)
January 11, 2011, 07:15:22 PM by furiouzpianist

one take, recorded on a rather dull Steinway (no sparkle  - sounds like Yamaha C3 on una-corda)

The only way I can get a piece to concert level is to record it "as is" and then keep working.
I will post an updated version in a few days.

xx Is the Mephisto Waltz really supposed to be that hard?
December 09, 2010, 01:47:41 AM by wilmerguido

I mean... I've read through it, and it's quite manageable. I actually found Chopin's Ballade no. 1 to be quite harder, because the coda part was crazy hard. I find the Mephisto Waltz to be quite cliche these days...

question Liszt's Mephisto/Sonata B minor
October 22, 2010, 07:02:08 AM by horowitz05

Which piece do you find easier? Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No. 1 or the B minor Sonata?

xx Ashkenazy - Mephisto Waltz
November 23, 2009, 10:16:01 PM by quirky

I remember reading a short while ago, though I cannot recall where, of a recording by Ashkenazy of Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No 1 that lasts under 10 minutes. Does anyone know where I can find this recording, as I would love to hear this favorite pianist of mine perform such a feat?

Much thanks in advance!

xx Mephisto Waltz No.1 (video)
November 03, 2009, 09:55:11 PM by hakki


I have submitted this piece for the 2009 Cliburn Youtube Amateurs Contest.



xx Liszt Mephisto Waltz (Amateur)
October 09, 2009, 12:32:56 PM by grisell

Hi! Started with this again after a few months' break. I try to remember it by heart, so that's one reason why I miss in some places.

Comments, please. I'm self-tought so I especially appreciate comments on how to move on.

xx The young Pletnev
June 27, 2009, 10:01:01 PM by cloches_de_geneve


A bit like Horowitz, only better.

xx Liszt mephisto waltz
May 25, 2009, 09:07:18 PM by grisell

Trying 3rd time. (See my last entry)

xx LISZT Mephisto Waltz no.1 - please comment and criticize [youtube VDO]
November 08, 2008, 10:52:45 PM by classical pianist

It's me playing in a Studio Class rehearsal

Thanks a lot in advance for all comments and critics.

xx Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (November recording)
September 23, 2008, 01:50:30 PM by mkaykov

Here is my first recording of Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No. 1 - the most successful one that I did of this piece. I will come back to this piece in a few years and record it again, as there are many technical problems that need to be worked out.

Still, I am proud of this recording, especially after that Hilton Hotel insanity. I have received a video of that concert - my fingers are absolutely flat, my palm is flat, and I never curve the fifth finger for octaves. That was possibly my worst concert ever. I should have declined the offer to play there - I was so worn out after the auditions!

Anyway, tell me what you think of this old recording - I don't recognize my own playing in this one though..............

I think I posted it here before, but I never got around to uploading it as an attachment.  Smiley

xx live Mephisto Waltz
May 28, 2008, 05:05:21 PM by mkaykov

Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Live at a Hilton Hotel in New Jersey: May 18, 2008

a bit messy...........

xx Liszt Mephisto and Tchaikovsky Dumka
March 18, 2008, 10:00:46 PM by mkaykov

Many thanks for the responses! I will post an updated version of the Liszt Mephisto Waltz (recorded professionally) in a few weeks.

Cheers! Smiley

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