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Scene I of Wagner's Das Rheingold (1876) by Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904)
Track(s) taken from CDA66571/2
Recording details: August 1991
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: May 1992
Total duration: 7 minutes 57 seconds

'There are riches galore here … Howard, as with every volume so far, brings to the recording studio the excitement of a live performance while never neglecting or unduly emphasising the poetry and sentiment' (CDReview)

Marche funèbre de l'opéra Dom Sébastien de Donizetti, S402
1843; Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Liszt’s works on themes from Donizetti’s operas have experienced an uneven fate: the Lucia Sextet has never left the repertoire, the Lucia et Parisina Waltz turns up from time to time, as does the Lucia March and Cavatina. The horrendously difficult Lucrezia Borgia pieces are admired at a safe distance, while the trenchant Dom Sébastien Funeral March—which draws in several other themes from the opera and certainly lightens in atmosphere before the end—is a rarity. The Favorite transcription, which appears to date from shortly after the opera’s première, has remained in manuscript and will appear in the facsimile of a handwritten copy in the 1992 Liszt Society Journal. We know nothing of the background to the piece, but it must rank among the most simple and beautiful elaborations of a great melody. (The work does not appear in the present edition of the Searle/Winklhofer catalogue, but the present writer has assigned it S400a for convenience, pending the publication of a new catalogue.)

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1992

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