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Villa am Meer II (1865) by Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901)
Bayer Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Schackgalerie, Munich
Track(s) taken from CDA66445
Recording details: June 1990
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: June 1991
Total duration: 3 minutes 1 seconds

'This, at last, is the comprehensive collection of late Liszt for which we've waited' (Fanfare, USA)

'Howard's performances are quite marvellous: scrupulously prepared and enlightened by this performer's high degree of spontaneity. Hyperion's recording captures every nuance' (CDReview)

Ungarns Gott, S543

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Those pieces all have Hungarian connections. Hungary’s God exists in many versions, but was originally a song with chorus and piano, as was the Song to the Hungarian King. The Epithalam (‘Wedding Song’) was written for the marriage of the violinist Reményi, for whom Liszt drafted his unfinished violin concerto, and was also published for violin and piano. Mosonyi’s Funeral Procession and In Memory of Petöfi were both later incorporated in an altered form into the Historical Hungarian Portraits, as was a shortened version of the Trauermarsch in the piece commemorating Ladislaus Teleki. None of these works uses any traditional Hungarian material, but the flavour of the rhythms and cadences is unmistakable. The last three pieces are all very powerful elegies, and the last, the Funeral Prelude and Funeral March builds to a mighty climax over a repeated four-note motif of F sharp, G, B flat and C sharp, where the listener is constantly mystified about whether the piece is really wanting to be in G minor, despite the overwhelming insistence on the C sharp which triumphs at the end without ever giving the feeling that there is any real tonality adhering to it.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1991

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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
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