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The Relief of the Siege of Vienna (detail) (Anonymous Austrian 17th century).
Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna
Track(s) taken from CDA66787
Recording details: April 1993
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: April 1994
Total duration: 10 minutes 0 seconds

'Yet another instalment in what is looming as the most ambitious and splendidly realized recording project of the century which cannot fail to delight and move. Enthusiastically recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'An entertaining programme … providing the perfect vehicle for Leslie Howard's enthusiastic, colourful playing. His scholarship, as revealed in the liner notes, is remarkable, the recording first class' (CDReview)

Szózat und Ungarischer Hymnus, S486
circa 1873
Szózat 'Appeal'
Hungarian National Anthem

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Liszt’s Szózat und Ungarischer Hymnus combines and elaborates upon two distinct works by different composers—Szózat (‘Appeal’) by Béni Egressy (1814– 1851) and the Hungarian National Anthem by Ferenc Erkel (1810–1893). The piece is strongly bound up with Liszt’s desire in the 1870s to spend a good deal of time in his native country, and is dedicated to Gyula Andrássy, the statesman who helped Liszt to a small degree of security in Hungary with a stipend and the rank of royal counsellor. The work, which was also issued for orchestra and for piano duet, consists of an introduction, Egressy’s melody, a variation upon it, a bridge and then Erkel’s theme, again with a variation, and the triumphant return of the Szózat. The coda recalls the anthem over bass tremolos, and the score is superscribed ‘Ein tausendjährig Leiden fleht um Leben oder Tod!’ (‘A millenium of suffering pleads for life or death!’). The musical connection between the two melodies is finally made very clear as the rising fourth of the anthem yields to the falling fourth of the Szózat in conclusion.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1994

Other albums featuring this work
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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