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Track(s) taken from CDA67101/2

Chœur des pèlerins aus der Oper Tannhäuser von Richard Wagner 'Chor der älteren Pilger', S443ii

composer
second version; circa 1885
composer
1845; Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf der Wartburg

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: August 1995
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: November 1996
Total duration: 7 minutes 22 seconds
 

Reviews

'A major revelation of nineteenth-century ideas and techniques. There is musical nourishment here as well as entertainment' (Gramophone)

'This new two-CD set is as fascinating as any and contains many recordings which are thought to be first, and which are probably the first performances at all for more than 100 years. A pair of discs to which I shall often return, marvelling at the brio that Leslie Howard unfailingly brings to this taxing music' (Classic CD)

'Obras brillantes, repletas de fuerza y apasionamiento, pero portadoras de un profundo sentido poético que ahora son interpretadas por un magistral Leslie Howard' (La Revista Integral)
No one could accuse the seventy-four-year-old Liszt of piling insurmountable difficulties into his second transcription of the Pilgrims’ Chorus from Tannhäuser (the early editions could not decide between ‘old’ or ‘young’ pilgrims, but Liszt specifies ‘old’), which strips the music to its barest essentials, but retains an adaptation of the coda which Liszt composed for his first transcription of Wagner’s piece. (On both occasions, Liszt provides long and short versions of the coda, and the longer is recorded here.)

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1996

Personne ne pourrait accuser Liszt, alors âgé de soixante-quatorze ans, d’avoir accumulé des difficultés insurmontables dans sa seconde transcription du Chœur des pèlerins de Tannhäuser (les premières éditions ne purent se décider entre des pèlerins «jeunes» ou «vieux», mais Liszt spécifie «vieux»), qui réduit la musique à son essence même, mais garde l’adaptation de la coda composée pour la première transcription de ce morceau de Wagner. (Les deux fois, Liszt fournit des versions longue et courte de la coda; celle proposée ici est la plus longue.)

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 1996
Français: Hypérion

Niemand konnte dem 74jährigen Liszt Vorwürfe machen bezüglich der Anhäufung unüberwindbarer Schwierigkeiten in seiner zweiten Transkription des Chores der Pilgerer aus dem Tannhäuser (die frühen Editionen konnten sich nicht darüber einig werden, ob es sich bei den Pilgerern um „alte“ oder „junge“ handelte, doch Liszt stellt dies mit seiner Angabe „alt“ klar). Diese Transkription zerlegt die Musik in ihre nüchternen, grundlegenden Bestandteile, doch sie behält eine Adaption der Coda, die Liszt für seine erste Transkription des Wagnerstückes komponierte, bei. (Beide Male liefert Liszt sowohl lange als auch kurze Versionen der Coda, von denen die längere auf dieser Aufnahme zu hören ist.)

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 1996
Deutsch: Manuela Hübner

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