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Track(s) taken from CDA67004

Élégie sur des motifs du Prince Louis Ferdinand de Prusse, S168i

composer
composer
1842; first version

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: March 1995
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Marian Freeman & Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: March 1996
Total duration: 8 minutes 21 seconds

Cover artwork: The Berlin–Potsdam Railway (1847) by Adolph von Menzel (1815-1905)
 
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Reviews

'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)
The earlier version of the Élégie sur des motifs du Prince Louis Ferdinand de Prusse is full of interest in its treatment of the material. The structure of the piece is Liszt’s, and although the themes stem from another noble dilettante, Prince Louis (1772– 1806) was far more distinguished a musician than Duke Ernst. However, Liszt’s piece has always been catalogued as an original work rather than a transcription, so much has he woven the original melodic ideas into a new conception. (Prince Louis was killed in battle, and never married. The Princess who gave Liszt the volume of Louis’s music was not his wife, but was married to his nephew who succeeded to the title.)

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1996

Tout l’intérêt de la première version de l’Elégie sur des motifs du Prince Louis-Ferdinand de Prusse réside dans le traitement du matériau. La structure de la pièce est lisztienne, même si les thèmes proviennent d’un autre dilettante noble, le prince Louis (1772–1806), musicien éminemment plus distingué que le duc Ernest. Ce morceau a, cependant, toujours été répertorié comme œuvre originale de Liszt plutôt que comme transcription, tant celui-ci a tissé les lignes mélodiques originelles en une conception nouvelle. (Le prince Louis périt dans une bataille, sans jamais avoir été marié. La princesse qui remit à Liszt le volume de la musique de Louis n’était pas son épouse mais celle de son neveu et successeur au titre.)

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 1996
Français: Hypérion

Die frühere Version von Élégie sur des motifs du Prince Louis Ferdinand de Prusse ist durch die unterschiedliche Behandlung des gleichen Materials von besonderem Interesse. Die Struktur des Werkes ist von Liszt, obwohl die Melodien von einem weiteren noblen Dilettanten stammen, Prinz Louis (1772–1806), der als Musiker jedoch weitaus distinguierter war als Herzog Ernst. Wie dem auch sei, ist Liszts Stück immer als Originalwerk anstatt als Transkription katalogisiert worden, so sehr hat er die ursprünglichen melodischen Ideen in eine neue Konzeption umgewoben. (Prinz Louis wurde auf dem Schlachtfeld getötet und hatte nie geheiratet. Die Prinzessin, die Liszt die Schriften mit Louis’ Werken übergab, war nicht seine Frau, sondern mit seinem Neffen, der den Adelstitel übernommen hatte, verheiratet.)

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 1996
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt

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