Released: 21 October 2022

Reference: AP297

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Recorded in octobre 2021 at the Jesuitenkirche of Vienna, Austria, in June 2015 at the Liszt Hall, Raiding, Austria and in September 1983 at the Konzerthaus of Vienna, Austria.

Artistic direction: Étienne Decreuse, Stephan Reh et Bernhard Mahne
Sound engineering, editing, mixing et mastering:Georg Burdicek

Recorded in 24-bit/96kHz


Released: 21 October 2022

Reference: AP297

Franz Liszt: Legends of the Saints




Liszt’s predestination for sacred music doubtless stemmed from his childhood, when he had close ties to Catholicism through his father. He went on to compose many works expressing the virtues of various saints, and to those works Martin Haselböck and the Orchester Wiener Akademie are devoting a series of recordings. The first volume features St Cecilia, with Cantantibus organis, St Francis of Assisi, with La prédication aux oiseaux (the first of his Deux Légendes for orchestra) and the Cantico del Sol di Francesco d’Assisi, and also St Francis of Paola, with St François de Paule marchant sur les flots (Deux Légendes, no. 2).

While bearing little resemblance to Liszt’s secular compositions, these works are equally impressive in their beauty and refinement. This recording, while providing us with a fine opportunity to witness once again the composer’s admirable skills, highlights an aspect of Liszt’s work that is all too often forgotten.




Die Glocken des Strassburger Münsters, S.6 for baritone, choir and orchestra
1. Preludio. Excelsior
2. Die Glocken

3. Cantantibus organis, S.7 for alto, choir and orchestra

Deux Légendes, S.354 for orchestra
4. Saint François de Paule marchant sur les flots
5. Saint François d’Assise, la prédication aux oiseaux

6. San Francesco, S.665 for organ

7. Cantico del Sol di Francesco d’Assisi, S.4 14’44 for baritone, male choir and orchestra

8. Hosannah, S.677 for bass trombone and organ

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