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Castle on a stream (1820) by Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841)
Track(s) taken from CDA66601/2
Recording details: March 1992
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: November 1992
Total duration: 18 minutes 1 seconds

'This album is one of the supreme rewards of Howard's Liszt traversal. Sound is transparently immediate, and the artist's annotations guide one surely and elegantly through these amazing riches—which you must hear' (Fanfare, USA)

'Marvellous stuff and quite impeccably recorded' (CDReview)

Fantaisie romantique sur deux mélodies suisses, S157

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The Fantaisie romantique dates from the same period as much of the Album d’un voyageur, and is similar in style to the Fleurs mélodiques but at a much extended length. The opening section is based on the four-note motif heard in the first bar and a plaintive cow-call after the first upward flourish. The cow-call is transformed into a pastoral Allegretto, and a second flourish leads to the first theme proper. This theme eventually recalls the four-note motif. The second theme, marked ‘La nostalgie—Mal du pays’ (which does not come from No 7b of the Fleurs mélodiques, pace Humphrey Searle) is stated in octaves with repeated chordal accompaniment. Thereafter, all the material is subjected to very free, improvisatory development, exploiting a wide range of colours. Of course this is all a bit wild and rambling, but the sheer originality of the piece quietens academic criticism.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1992

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