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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: 5 minutes 52 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)

Schlummerlied im Grabe, S195a
composer
1874; Première Élégie, first version

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The final versions of the two Élégies (in volume 9 of this series) are perfect pieces of their kind. But it is interesting to examine the unpublished early manuscript material, especially of the first piece. It is clear that Liszt added the introduction later, and that he had no fewer than five attempts at the coda of the piece originally entitled Schlummerlied im Grabe (‘Lullaby in the grave’). The use of his coloured crayon and other instructions to the engraver indicate that his intention to publish the piece was well advanced. For some reason he withdrew it, and only then made the version for chamber ensemble and the piano solo text of the definitive version. The Schlummerlied differs from the Élégie in details of texture in almost every bar, but both are inscribed to the memory of Mme Mukhanov.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1995

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