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Death as an Avenger (1851) by Alfred Rethel (1816-1859)
Track(s) taken from CDA67401/2
Recording details: July 1998
Budapest Studios of Hungarian Radio, Hungary
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: November 1998
Total duration: 11 minutes 27 seconds

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C M von Webers Polonaise brillante, S367

Tempo di Polacca  [7'55]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Liszt’s concertante version of Weber’s Polonaise brillante also exists in a version for solo piano (S455) and that version needs to be consulted in conjunction with the orchestral score to achieve Liszt’s preferred solo part, some of whose alternative passages are missing in the score, as they are in the published reduction for two pianos, made by Pflughaupt. Otherwise the piece is very straightforward, and Liszt’s title simply describes the music as ‘für Pianoforte und Orchester instrumentiert’. The dedication is to Adolph Henselt, whose concert edition of the original solo Liszt much admired. The introduction employs the opening of Weber’s Grande Polonaise, Op 21, transposed up a semitone, and continues with forty bars of fantasy upon themes of the polonaise which is to come. Then, apart from the occasional embellishment, things proceed in a similar manner to the original until the coda, which Liszt extends by just a few bars. The orchestration is entirely in keeping with Weber’s style, too, and the neglect of this attractive piece in any of its guises is unaccountable.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1998

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