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Track(s) taken from CDA67455

Album-Leaf in A flat major, S166l

composer
circa 1840s

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: April 2003
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: May 2004
Total duration: 1 minutes 6 seconds
 
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'Leslie Howard is once again an ardent and reflective champion in both his playing and in his brilliantly informative essay; he also promises further discoveries. Hyperion's sound and presentation is immaculate as ever' (Gramophone)

'his stylistic understanding is always impeccable, and as recorded here his Steinway makes a warmly appealing sound' (BBC Music Magazine)

'So we learn more about this extraordinary composer, thanks to that rare combination of Howard's scholarly musicianship … and fearless keyboard technique, allied to the ongoing commitment of Hyperion Records—without which the entire musical world would be so much the poorer' (International Record Review)

'Howard's playing is so refined that even the almost impossible passages of the Concerto are made to seem easy and this is simply the best recorded piano sound I've heard in years' (The Times)

'no-one fascinated by Liszt, or by Romanticism at fever pitch, will tolerate being without this. Howard's Steinway sounds like it's in your living room—whispering, crooning, or thundering—up close and near. Liszt lives! Long live Liszt!' (Fanfare, USA)
Album-Leaves by Liszt continue to turn up at auction or on odd pages amongst collections. The Album-Leaf in D major, S164h (in the Weimar archive) may even date from Liszt’s apprentice years – it bears the interwoven letters L and D signifying Laus Deo, which we find on many pages of his earliest works. The Album-Leaf: Preludio, S164j is similar to several others, although the particular conclusion in F sharp major is new to this version. The Album-Leaf in A flat major, S166l is also in Weimar, and produces some very original harmony in its touching efforts at counterpoint. The Album-Leaf, S167h is really a game for the musical eye – three times the same-sounding chord requires different enharmonic spelling in order to accommodate the left-hand line.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 2004

Les Feuilles d’album de Liszt continuent de refaire surface lors de ventes aux enchères ou, parfois, au hasard des recueils. La Feuille d’album en ré majeur, S164h (aux archives de Weimar) pourrait même dater des années d’apprentissage du compositeur – elle arbore les lettres L et D entremêlées, pour Laus Deo, présentes sur maintes pages de ses toute premières œuvres. La Feuille d’album: Preludio, S164j est semblable à plusieurs autres, hormis la conclusion en fa dièse majeur, qui lui est propre. La Feuille d’album en la bémol majeur, S166l, également conservée à Weimar, engendre une harmonie fort originale, fruit de ses touchants efforts en matière de contrepoint. La Feuille d’album, S167h est véritablement un jeu pour l’œil musicien: par trois fois, l’accord à consonance identique requiert une orthographe enharmonique différente pour convenir à la ligne de la main gauche.

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 2004
Français: Hypérion

Albumblätter Liszts tauchen immer wieder bei Auktionen auf, oder eingestreut in diverse Sammlungen. Das Albumblatt in D-Dur S164h (im Weimarer Archiv) könnte sogar aus Liszts Lehrjahren stammen – es trägt die in einander verwobenen Initialen L und D, die für Laus Deo stehen, wie wir sie auf vielen Blättern seiner frühesten Werke finden. Das Albumblatt: Preludio S164j ähnelt mehreren anderen, obwohl die besondere Schlussgruppe in Fis-Dur dieser Fassung eigen ist. Das Albumblatt in As-Dur S166l, ebenfalls in Weimar, bringt in seinen rührenden Bemühungen um Kontrapunkt einige höchst originelle Harmonik hervor. Das Albumblatt S167h ist eigentlich ein Spiel für das musikalische Auge – dreimal hintereinander erfordert ein gleichklingender Akkord unterschiedliche enharmonische Ausführung, um sich der Linie der linken Hand anzupassen.

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 2004
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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