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Arthur and Aegle in The Happy Valley (1849) by John Martin (1789-1854)
Laing Art Gallery, Tyne and Wear Museums, Newcastle upon Tyne
Track(s) taken from CDA66481/2
Recording details: October 1990
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: November 1991
Total duration: 8 minutes 38 seconds

'Liszt and his chosen models are all heard at their most exquisite' (Fanfare, USA)

O! wenn es doch immer so bliebe – Lied von Anton Rubinstein, S554/1
Op 34 No 9
1880; concert version

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The prolific Anton Rubinstein (1829–1894) wrote more than two hundred songs in a variety of languages, but the two which Liszt transcribed are among the few to retain a place in the repertoire. ‘O, that it should ever be thus’ (15)—sometimes known by its first line and mysteriously given a second catalogue number as a ‘missing’ Liszt work on that account: ‘Gelb rollt mir zu füssen …’ (‘The mighty river Kura flows golden at my feet’) is a translation by Bodenstedt of the Persian poet Mirza Schaffy: a hymn of joy to love and nature, once recorded in Rubinstein’s setting by Fyodor Chaliapin, and here given the most elaborate plumage in Liszt’s concert transcription.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1991

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