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Track(s) taken from CDA66201

Bagatelle sans tonalité, S216a

composer
circa 1885

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: October 1985
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: July 1987
Total duration: 2 minutes 23 seconds

Cover artwork: A Scene from El hechizado por fuerza (The Forcibly Bewitched) by Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)
 
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Reviews

'For sheer virtuosic panache and the ability to translate Liszt's ever-changing moods, Leslie Howard must be heard' (Hi-Fi News)
The reference to the Faust legend is maintained throughout all of the Mephisto music, but the seventy-year-old Liszt’s Mephistopheles is a grimmer, more unrelenting figure than that of the Faust Symphony or the Mephisto Waltz No 1. The Bagatelle sans tonalité (what a title, in 1885!) and the Mephisto Waltz No 4 remained unpublished for eighty years. It’s not certain exactly when the Bagatelle was written, but since it bears (confusingly) the title of Fourth Mephisto Waltz it must postdate the Third. Whilst the piece is not especially dissonant, it is certainly very wayward in any kind of feeling for a tonal centre and ends with an upward-rushing set of diminished sevenths.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1986

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