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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: 13 minutes 43 seconds

Ballade No 2, S170a
circa 1853; first version; in B minor

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
To be honest, Liszt never expected the original version of his Ballade No 2 to be published, but the original form has long been known—differing from the final version by the absence of two eight-bar phrases in the closing B major section, and by having a fast coda which recalls the central martial development material—this coda being itself a second draft of another cancelled fast ending. The original coda has appeared in several editions, although most of them fail to remark that, if it is performed, two eight-bar cuts need also to be made to restore the original text. It goes without saying that the beautiful quiet coda of the later version is a stroke of genius, but the present ending is not without its merits.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1996

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