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Track(s) taken from CDA67406/7
Recording details: December 1998
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: March 1999
Total duration: 17 minutes 32 seconds

'A bombshell selection that promises to hold the listener for hours on end. One almost imagines the fire of Liszt himself at the keyboard. Another jewel in Hyperion's legendary series.' (The Sunday Times)

Ouvertüre zu "Tannhäuser" von Richard Wagner – Konzertparaphrase, S442
1843/5; Tannäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
For some inscrutable reason Liszt subtitled his transcription of the Tannhäuser Overture Konzertparaphrase. A paraphrase it most certainly is not, and, with the tiniest exceptions, it proceeds faithfully, bar-for-bar, with Wagner’s score (the Dresden version, of course) and deserves to be considered alongside the transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies, the Weber overtures, the William Tell Overture and the major orchestral works of Berlioz. Uniquely amongst Liszt’s works, the score contains no pedal directions at all, but the performer is instructed to use his discretion in the matter. On the face of it, the job is plainly to attempt an orchestral fullness of sound, and the few directions that one can transfer from parallel passages in the transcription of the Pilgrims’ Chorus suggest that one is to paint in broad strokes, and that the brass chords are the important foundation – upper details being of secondary importance. The transcription used to be a very popular warhorse at piano recitals, and it was memorably recorded by the great Benno Moiseiwitsch. Nowadays it is very seldom attempted in public – a pity.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1999

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