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Gothic church on a rock near the sea (1815) by Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841)
Track(s) taken from CDA66995
Recording details: March 1995
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: November 1995
Total duration: 23 minutes 11 seconds

'I constantly admired his near orchestral range of sonority—his strength in grandiloquence and his hypnotic sustaining power in intimacy. Everything is played with total conviction' (Gramophone)

'Even if it contained nothing but the [early version of the] Consolations, this volume would be one of the most revelatory in the series … A major contribution to the catalogue. Enthusiastically endorsed' (Fanfare, USA)

'Muy interesantes, indispensables para lisztianos' (Ritmo, Spain)

Consolations, S171a
circa 1845; first series; the original No 3 and the first versions of the other five

E major  [1'51]
E major  [4'03]
C sharp minor  [6'31]
D flat major  [3'16]
E major  [3'17]
E major  [4'13]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Liszt scholars had long been aware of an earlier unpublished version of the fifth Consolation under the title Madrigal – in an inaccessible manuscript in a private collection. But a manuscript, partly in Liszt’s hand and partly in the hand of a copyist, shows there to be a complete set of six pieces in an earlier version, and, for the moment, we must presume that the copyist’s manuscript of No 5 agrees with the Madrigal manuscript in all but title. The first set of Consolations has recently been published for the first time (in tandem with the second set), under the scrupulous editorship of Mária Eckhardt. The most obvious difference from the later set (in volume 9 of this series) is the third piece – another piece altogether, which later served as the main material for the opening of the first Rapsodie hongroise. But, the lack of the great D flat Consolation No 3 aside, the early versions are a revelation in their generally less pristine view of the material. Only No 6 is more restrained than its later counterpart – and yet perhaps fits better in the scheme of the series on that account. Those familiar with the later set will find themselves constantly and delightfully deflected from their expectations by music which seems every bit as valid as the final conceptions.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1995

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