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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67231/2
Recording details: June 1997
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: May 1998
Total duration: 14 minutes 21 seconds

'He plays here not only with his usual technical facility and understanding of the Lisztian idiom, but also with verve, wit, and an enjoyment that he conveys to the listener' (American Record Guide)

Ouverture de l'opéra Guillaume Tell de Rossini, S552
1828/9; Guillaume Tell

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
It seems scarcely imaginable that there could ever have been a time when anyone was unfamiliar with the overture to William Tell, and countless abuses of its themes in cartoons, movies and television shows have not dimmed its attractions. Nonetheless, at the time when Liszt made his transcription, the piece was still in need of dissemination. Of course, it also provided a stunning warhorse for Liszt’s own concerts—and it was no doubt much easier to bring off the wicked repeated notes on the light French instruments of the 1830s than it is on the mighty Steinways of the 1990s. Naturally, this is a case of faithful transcription rather than paraphrase of any kind. But the piece must have posed some problems even for Liszt the executant, because there are many passages where alternative solutions are offered.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1998

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