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The Berlin–Potsdam Railway (1847) by Adolph von Menzel (1815-1905)
Track(s) taken from CDA67004
Recording details: March 1995
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Marian Freeman & Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: March 1996
Total duration: 6 minutes 28 seconds

'Leslie Howard's survey of the whole of Liszt's piano music is disclosing marvels, played with magisterial perception and unfaltering virtuosity; his notes to each record are an enlightenment in themselves … Vol 37 is a record not only to which lovers of Liszt can return, but which should give pleasure to those who may never have heard of some of the composers transcribed but enjoy the minor, overgrown paths of the nineteenth century' (Gramophone)

'Here is a pleasant hour-plus of mid-century memorabilia for the general listener, teasing fare for the musical anatomist, and another indispensable album for the collector … As befits such a program, Howard's graceful, extensive notes are full of quaint and curious lore. Hyperion's sound is spaciously, transparently immediate. Recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'On sera étonné par la suprême droiture du compositeur, traitant des mélodies de Herbeck ou Lassen avec la même science que celles de Schubert' (Diapason, France)

Dantes Sonett "Tanto gentile e tanto onesta" von Hans von Bülow, S479

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The great conductor and pianist Hans von Bülow (1830–1894) is little remembered as a composer, although he had quite some success in his day. As a performer he was as adept at Wagner and Liszt as he later became with Brahms; as a composer he was overshadowed by all of the composers he admired. His music is conservative by nature, but the influence of the new music is apparent; his interpolation in the 1884 edition of Liszt’s Concerto pathétique for two pianos recalls the musical language of Tristan, whilst much of his surviving piano music is of a lighter nature. (Liszt arranged one of his piano pieces—the Mazurka-Fantasie for orchestra—in 1865.) Sadly, history recalls him most readily as having been married to Liszt’s daughter Cosima and being cuckolded by Wagner, an episode which brought von Bülow much public ridicule, and which caused a rift between Liszt and Wagner for some years. Sadly, von Bülow’s pleasing song Tanto gentile e tanto onesta never entered the repertoire, Liszt’s enthusiasm for it notwithstanding. The piano transcription is simple and straightforward, and the original song a worthy setting of Dante Alighieri. (‘My lady is so gentle and modest when she greets others that every tongue trembles and is still, and eyes do not dare to look upon her.’) Both works merit revival.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1996

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