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Track(s) taken from CDH55109
Recording details: May 2002
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: August 2004
Total duration: 8 minutes 24 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)

Réminiscences de l'opéra 'La Wally' de Catalani, Op 24a
composer

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In the spirit of Liszt, but taking the music of an opera he could not have known (it was first performed in 1892), the Réminiscences de l’opéra ‘La Wally’ de Catalani is an old-fashioned operatic fantasy, based for the most part upon the famous aria Ebben’ ne andrò lontano – a melody recently made even more popular by its essential part in the plot of the magnificent film Diva. The fantasy was composed in 1988 and exploits the particular and sometimes eerie sound that the piano can make with quiet chords of wide intervals, mostly tenths and elevenths.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 2004

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