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Tree in autumn overlooking a valley by Hans Thoma (1839-1924)
Track(s) taken from CDA66761/2
Recording details: August 1991
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: September 1993
Total duration: 5 minutes 45 seconds

'Howard joue tout cela avec beaucoup de raffinement et un vrai sens du châtoiement sonore. De belles découvertes' (Répertoire, France)

Agnus Dei della Messa da Requiem di Giuseppe Verdi, S437i

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We know that Verdi thought highly of Liszt as an orchestral composer, but information about his attitude to Liszt’s Verdi transcriptions is scanty. Liszt certainly had approval from Verdi’s publishers for them, and Ricordi was very proud to issue the pieces with both composers’ names floridly decorated on the title pages. But Liszt’s very personal view of Verdi, especially in the last transcriptions – Aïda, Requiem, Boccanegra – but already evident in the earlier ones, led him often to alter the shape of Verdi’s melodies, and, as in the present case, to produce really quite a different and even more intimate musical shape. (This piece is one of a number which Liszt produced for Ricordi which has alternative passages for performance on a piano which allows mechanical repetition of notes and chords which are held down. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be one of these curiosities in working order, or this disquieting idea could be put to the test.)

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1993

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