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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: 4 minutes 23 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)

Entwurf der Ramann-Elegie, S196a
1877; Zweite Elegie, first draft

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 But it is interesting to examine the unpublished early manuscript material. The fragments of sketches – Entwurf der Ramann-Elegie – for the first draft of the second piece (composed for Lina Ramann) were collected by Liszt’s pupil August Göllerich. Although they had been later rejected by Liszt, they yield one passage in particular – at the climax before the coda – which is well worth preserving (the rest being more or less identical to passages in the published text). This passage seems to have given Liszt some trouble – and several variants are sketched and then deleted – and even the published text differs between the piano solo and the instrumental versions.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1995

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