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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55109
Recording details: October 1981
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 1986
Total duration: 2 minutes 4 seconds

'Wreathed in laurels for his marathon cycle of Liszt's complete piano works, the Australian born, London based pianist Leslie Howard has come up with a typically bright idea to showcase his digital dexterity' (The Observer)

'A delightful collection, beautifully played' (BBC World Service)

Romance in E flat, Op 8 No 2

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
It is not quite clear how much the Rachmaninov transcription is the work of the composer’s cousin, Alexander Siloti (under whose name the first edition was published but who was not credited in later editions) and how much is that of Rachmaninov himself, who at the very least approved of the arrangement and its new title. Originally, this Romance in E flat was a song, ‘Thou art like a flower’, to a Russian translation of Heine’s poem Du bist wie eine Blume. Although the transcription is quite straightforward there are some particularly beautiful rhythmic alterations to allow the melody to be heard clearly at the climax. A typical Rachmaninov gesture, these surely come from the composer’s own hand.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 2004

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