Please wait...

Hyperion Records

Click cover art to view larger version
St Cecilia (detail) by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
Sotheby’s Picture Library
Track(s) taken from CDA67436
Recording details: May 2004
St Nikolai, Halmstad, Sweden
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: February 2005
Total duration: 18 minutes 7 seconds

Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen 'Präludium nach Johann Sebastian Bach', S179
composer
1859
composer
Cantata No 12

Other recordings available for download
Leslie Howard (piano)
Introduction
For some reason the New Liszt Edition is issuing the two ‘Weinen, Klagen’ pieces amongst the volumes of transcriptions and fantasies on other composers’ materials, but that has no more sense than to regard, say, Brahms’s ‘Handel’ Variations in a similar way, for these are certainly original compositions in every sense of the word. Both works bear a dedication to Anton Rubinstein, and both are based on the same wonderful theme. The Prelude of 1859 is a dignified and restrained piece with just one dramatic outburst, all within the framework of a passacaglia which unfolds 25 variations on the motif. The Variations are not simply an expansion of the earlier piece, although there are a few fragments in common. The work dates from 1862 and was motivated by the death of Liszt’s elder daughter, Blandine. A fierce introduction leads to the theme and 43 variations, followed by a chromatic development in the shape of a recitative, and then a group of freer, faster variations, culminating with the choral ‘Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan’ (which also ends Bach’s cantata) and a brief coda in which the two themes are juxtaposed before F minor finally gives way to an unequivocally optimistic F major.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1989


Other albums featuring this work
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 3 – Konzertsolo & Odes funèbres' (CDA66302)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 3 – Konzertsolo & Odes funèbres
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
MP3 £160.00FLAC £160.00ALAC £160.00Buy by post £200.00 CDS44501/98  99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  

Show: MP3 FLAC ALAC
   English   Français   Deutsch