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Faust and Mephistopheles by Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)
Reproduced by permission of The Wallace Collection, London
Track(s) taken from CDA66371/2
Recording details: December 1989
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: July 1990
Total duration: 10 minutes 37 seconds

'Outstanding' (CDReview)

'Leslie Howard domine avec beaucoup de chic le barrage technique des difficultés pianistiques' (EcouterVoir, France)

Aida di Verdi – Danza Sacra e Duetto Finale, S436
1871; Aida

Next to Wagner, Verdi was the operatic composer who inspired the greatest number of Liszt’s opera pieces. (One hesitates to say just transcriptions, or fantasies, or paraphrases, and Liszt himself was rather lax about the distinctions between them—the rule of thumb ought to be: a ‘transcription’ is simply that; a ‘paraphrase’ is a freer version of material which remains intact in some way; a ‘fantasy’—which Liszt often called ‘Réminiscences’—is a new musical structure incorporating variation and extension.) Liszt called his Aida piece a transcription, but it is surely a paraphrase, in which the religious themes are somewhat altered to make a more mystical tone-poem, and the duet is separated from the temple chorus at the end—Verdi’s ‘split level’ effect would be impossible to realise on the piano!

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1990

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