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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: 4 minutes 39 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)

Rákóczi-Marsch, S242a
1839/40; first version

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The great Liszt scholar Maria Eckhardt has expounded at length and with great lucidity the complicated relationship between Liszt and the theme of the Rákóczi March in her exemplary study Liszt’s Music Manuscripts in the National Széchenyi Library, to which the reader is earnestly commended. For our present purposes suffice it to say that of all Liszt’s complete surviving versions of this work there are no fewer than seven for piano. The present version, the first to survive, was not printed at the time of its composition because of Austrian censorship, and was first printed with an article by Dr Eckhardt in 1975 and appeared in Vol I/18 of the splendid Neue Liszt-Ausgabe ten years later. The version, harmonically and texturally quite different from all the others (compare, for example, the well-known Fifteenth Hungarian Rhapsody), created a sensation when Liszt first toured with it in Hungary in 1839/40.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1994

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