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A Scene from El hechizado por fuerza (The Forcibly Bewitched) by Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)
Track(s) taken from CDA66201
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: 3 minutes 5 seconds

Valse oubliée No 1, S215/1
composer
1881

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Stephen Hough (piano)
Simon Barere (piano)
Eileen Joyce (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Liszt wrote some delightful waltzes when he was in his twenties and early thirties—Valse de bravoure, Valse mélancolique, Valse-Impromptu—and then more or less abandoned dance forms for forty years. So it has long been assumed that the four Valses oubliées which he produced in his seventies were inspired by some kind of nostalgia for his carefree youth. Although the title (‘Forgotten Waltzes’) seems to confirm that assumption and although there is the occasional sentimental episode, the Valses oubliées are actually not so much nostalgic as ironic. Obviously, they do not display the demonic attitude of the Mephisto Waltzes but they all have something sardonic about them—even the most popular of them, No 1 in F sharp major, which is characterized by the impish rhythms in the opening bars, the pressure put on the initially charming main theme, the feverishly glittering second theme in high right-hand octaves, the inconclusive ending.

from notes by Gerald Larner © 2009


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