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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: 3 minutes 31 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)

Die Gräberinsel der Fürsten zu Gotha – Lied von Herzog Ernst {zu Saxe-Coburg-Gotha}, S485b
1842; published 1985

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Die Gräberinsel der Fürsten zu Gotha is the first of Liszt’s efforts to promote the music of Crown Prince Ernst, later Ernst Herzog zu Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha (1818– 1893), although it was not published until 1985. (Liszt’s Jagdchor und Steyrer aus der Oper Tony and his Zweite Festmarsch are both based on themes from Duke Ernst’s operas.) The subject of the poem (by Apollonius von Maltitz) is the island in the lake on the estate of Gotha which the Duke’s family had had constructed especially as the site for the family tombs. The original song is the second of a set of seven, all now enshrouded in that particular dust reserved for the compositions of amateur royals. Liszt actually made his transcription whilst staying as Ernst’s guest at the Coburg estate on 6 November 1842, and he probably played it in a recital at the Gotha estate three days later. A minor work by an aristocratic dabbler it may be, but Liszt lends it a good deal of musical substance by his serious approach.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1996

Other albums featuring this work
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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