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Gondolier at Sea by Night (1843) by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817-1900)
State Tartar Museum, Kazan, Russia / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67346
Recording details: December 2001
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: November 2002
Total duration: 3 minutes 18 seconds

'Lost treasures unearthed … This invaluable disc crowns Leslie Howard's Herculean Liszt cycle recorded on 95 CDs … [His] performances … are exemplary with all the commitment you would expect from a Lisztian of such tireless industry' (Gramophone)

'Howard’s interpretation … displays irreproachable technical and digital mastery' (American Record Guide)

'Liszt at his most unpretentious, fresh and direct … Howard is here at his warmest, bringing out how Liszt's genius developed' (The Guardian)

'excellently played and recorded … unmissable' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Comme toujours, Leslie Howard montre sa passion dans un texte de présentation enthousiaste et précis' (Diapason, France)

Aux anges gardiens 'Den Schutz-Engeln', S162a/1bis
1877; second draft of first version of Angelus!, Troisième année de pèlerinage

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Liszt spent much time preparing the Troisième année de pèlerinage (recorded in Volume 12), and all but one of the pieces exist in earlier versions (see Volumes 55 and 56). The version of Angelus! offered here is really the first clean copy of the draft version, and the manuscript is dated 2 October, 1877, Villa d’Este, and bears a dedication to Liszt’s granddaughter Daniela von Bülow. The intermediate version of Sunt lacrymae rerum was made by Liszt altering and pasting over various passages in a fair copy of the first version. It is strikingly different from the original and yet quite at variance with the final published text. So, too, does the first version of Sursum corda strike out in quite a different direction from its famous successor, and it remains fascinating to see Liszt’s imagination at work. It is not that the later versions are necessarily better or worse, but that a completely different musical journey is often made on the basis of the same material.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 2002

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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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