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La Gloria by John Phillip (1817-1867)
National Gallery of Scotland
Track(s) taken from CDA67145
Recording details: August 1996
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: June 1997
Total duration: 11 minutes 53 seconds

'There's plenty in this nicely-planned recital that's on a par with the celebrated Rhapsody and undeserving of present neglect' (Gramophone)

'Howard is chef, artist, minstrel and matador in this Spanish spectacle. You will be delighted by the sense of spaciousness and clarity in the recorded sound, and your paella is guaranteed to be more flavoursome with this exotic accompaniment' (Soundscapes, Australia)

Rondeau fantastique sur un thème espagnol 'El contrabandista', S252

Manuel García (1775–1832) was a very successful composer of zarzuelas and the fifth number of his one-act piece El poeta calculista of 1804 is entitled ‘Yo que soy contrabandista’. Liszt settled for ‘El contrabandista’ (‘The smuggler’) in his hair-raising paraphrase of it—the Rondeau fantastique—and so may we. Liszt’s piece was published in 1837, with a dedication to George Sand, as his Opus 5 No 3—the companion pieces being the Clochette-Fantaisie and the Fantaisie romantique sur deux mélodies suisses. It remains one of the most impressive works of his early maturity, and its current neglect—difficulties notwithstanding—is a testimony to the want of a spirit of enquiry in many of today’s pianists.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1997

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