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Tree in autumn overlooking a valley by Hans Thoma (1839-1924)
Track(s) taken from CDA66761/2
Recording details: August 1992
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: September 1993
Total duration: 9 minutes 12 seconds

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

Leier und Schwert nach Carl Maria von Weber – Heroïde, S452
1814; J169/173/168

[Introduction]  [0'32]
Schwertlied  [2'11]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Lyre and Sword transcription is of a special kind: Liszt takes three of Weber’s six unaccompanied choruses and makes a miniature symphonic poem of them. The Heroïde in this new form becomes grandly heroic in a style that even calls Chopin to mind. The flourish at the end of the introduction is certainly a recollection of that composer’s F sharp minor Polonaise. Liszt extends all of Weber’s ideas and links all the choruses together in a convincing triptych – of Sword-Song, with Liszt’s extra dotted rhythmic accompaniment, a passionately arpeggiated Prayer before the battle and a barnstorming Lützow’s Wild Hunt – which would make a worthy candidate for revival on the recital platform.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1993

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