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The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825)
Freies Deutsches Hochstift / Frankfurter Goethe-Museum
Track(s) taken from CDA67045
Recording details: October 1995
St Martin's Church, Newbury, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: September 1996
Total duration: 13 minutes 47 seconds

'A real curiosity and a valuable one' (Gramophone)

A holt költö szerelme 'The Dead Poet's Love', S349
First line:
Zeng a liget a csalogány dalain 'The grove resounds with the nightingale's song
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
From the end of the 1860s until his death in 1886 Liszt maintained much closer relations with his native Hungary than he had managed to do during his years as a touring artist and his time as Kapellmeister at Weimar. He made sporadic attempts to master the Hungarian language, writing a few songs and a couple of choral works in that tongue. But his Hungarian was never to become fluent and it is not surprising that A holt költö szerelme (‘The Dead Poet’s Love’) emerges as Liszt’s best musical work to a Hungarian text. This famous poem by Mór Jókai refers to his friend the great Hungarian poet Sándor Petöfi (1823-1849) who disappeared, believed killed in battle, during the War of Independence which he had championed. Liszt used the slow march theme from his recitation for a piano piece in Petöfi’s memory (Dem Andenken Petöfis, later revised as Petöfi Sándor – see Volumes 11 and 12 of this series, respectively). Liszt issued this recitation with the text in Hungarian alongside a parallel poetic translation in German, which we include amongst the complete texts here given.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1996

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