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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: 5 minutes 14 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)

Zigeuner-Polka d'August Conradi, S481
circa 1847

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The first publication of this piece is: ‘Le célèbre Zigeuner-Polka de Conradi pour le piano par F. Liszt’ and advertises an orchestral version (Conradi’s original) and a facilitated piano version (not by Liszt). The idea of any music by August Conradi (1821– 1873) being ‘celebrated’ strikes one as a bit odd today, but Conradi, who for a time acted as Liszt’s musical secretary and amanuensis and carried out some orchestrations of Liszt’s works under Liszt’s instructions, was a prolific and successful composer in his day, especially with his lighter orchestral works—although he wrote operas, symphonies and much other more serious music, all quite forgotten now. He wrote the Zigeuner-Polka in 1843, and it had certainly become popular before Liszt transcribed it. Apart from the introduction and coda, and one or two transitions, Liszt’s version makes no attempt to improve Conradi’s structure, which is really just a succession of short dance tunes joined together without much in the way of reprise. As one might expect, the Hungarianisms are accentuated by Liszt in his added passages, which are a good deal less tame than Conradi’s agreeable four-square tunes.

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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