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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: 4 minutes 57 seconds

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

Der Asra – Lied von Anton Rubinstein, S554/2
composer
Op 32 No 6
arranger
1880

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The exoticism of Heine’s ‘The Asra’ inspired perhaps Rubinstein’s best song, and certainly one of his simplest, and Liszt carries the simplicity into his transcription with a further tinge of the hopeless lack of a comforting resolution so often encountered in his later music: ‘The youthful captive’ has grown paler by the day from watching the Sultan’s beautiful daughter on her daily walks to the fountain. When she finally demands to know his name, he tells her that he is called Mahomet, that he comes from Yemen, and is of that race of Asra who, should they love, die.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1991

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