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The Fallen Angels entering Pandemonium by John Martin (1789-1854)
© Tate Gallery, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67233/4
Recording details: December 1997
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: July 1998
Total duration: 11 minutes 54 seconds

'A formidable achievement, splendidly recorded' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'All the music on these two well-filled discs is recorded here for the first time. Absorbing for the scholar specialist' (Classic CD)

Präludium und Fuge über das Motiv B-A-C-H, S529i
circa 1856; first version

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The first version of what Liszt later called Fantasie und Fuge über das Thema B-A-C-H but originally entitled Präludium und Fuge über das Motiv B-a-c-h (touchingly writing in Bach’s name wherever the musical motif is encountered) remained unpublished until the excellent Neue Liszt-Ausgabe issued it in 1983. This version is a piano transcription of the first version for organ, completed in 1856. The piano version probably dates from around the same time. Liszt made the second piano version using a copy of the first as a starting point, and finally made the second organ version from the second piano version! All the versions follow more or less the same structural arrangement, but differ in a myriad of details which make for fascinating comparisons. Only the fugal exposition is exactly the same.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1998

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