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Design for Act I of Wagner’s Lohengrin (on the shore of the Schelde) (1868) by Heinrich Döll
Track(s) taken from CDA66861/2
Recording details: August 1993
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: November 1994
Total duration: 16 minutes 29 seconds

'Another valuable instalment in Howard's vast trek through Liszt's piano music' (Classic CD)

Réminiscences de Robert le Diable – Grande fantaisie sur des motifs de l'opéra de Meyerbeer, S412a S413
No 1: c1846; No 2: 1841
1831; Robert le Diable

Cavatine, S412a  [6'12]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Valse infernale from Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable was one of Liszt’s successi strepitosi in his years as a travelling virtuoso, and the title belies a more complicated genesis—in addition to the waltz, which is an orchestral firework with chorus in Act III, themes from the ballet music are also woven into this tour de force. The unpublished elaboration of Meyerbeer’s Cavatine dates from 1846, and is a bar-for-bar transcription of the Isabella’s ‘Robert, toi qui j’aime’ from Act IV. The piece ends on a dominant seventh and cannot be played by itself, but since Liszt has transposed the original up a semitone to F sharp major, it seems quite likely that he intended to add this beautifully contrasting piece of pianistic delicacy to the beginning of his famous recital warhorse, the Valse infernale.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1994

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