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Max-Joseph-Platz mit National-theater und Königsbau der Residenz (detail) (1839) by Heinrich Adam (1787-1862)
Track(s) taken from CDA67034
Recording details: August 1995
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: July 1996
Total duration: 7 minutes 45 seconds

'Here's a winsome collection of chips from Liszt's workbench … Sound and notes are up to the high standard of the series too' (Fanfare, USA)

'This disc offers a little of everything, executed with aplomb and conviction by the champion of Liszt's piano music' (Soundscapes, Australia)

'The Liszt series has drawn forth praise from all the national music magazines, not least for the assured playing of Leslie Howard as well as the careful programming. This 1995 recording is up to the highest standards' (Essex Chronicle)

La marche pour le sultan Abdul Médjid-Khan, S403
1839; Grande Marche

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Giuseppe Donizetti (1788–1856) has fared even less well than Michael Haydn as a brother of a much more gifted and celebrated man. Like Pezzini, Giuseppe was a bandmaster, although, on the strength of the present piece, does not seem totally unworthy of a place by brother Gaetano’s side. But it was at Napoleon’s side in a military capacity that Giuseppe made his career. Having developed an interest in things Turkish, he moved to Istanbul in 1828, was granted the title Pasha, and founded the court orchestra ‘Mizikay-i Hümayun’. The Grande Marche was composed for the coronation of Sultan Abdülmecid-Khan in 1839, and for some decades became the national anthem of the Ottoman Empire. Liszt composed his version when he visited and was decorated by the Sultan at Istanbul-Büyükdere in 1847. (The present writer is indebted to the Turkish composer-pianist Aydin Karlibel for his kind assistance with some of this information.) Liszt’s piece, originally entitled Grande Paraphrase de la Marche de Giuseppe Donizetti composée pour Sa Majesté le Sultan Abdul Médjid-Khan, is splendid of its kind, and well worth rescuing from oblivion.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1996

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