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Track(s) taken from CDA67414/7
Recording details: December 1998
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: August 1999
Total duration: 14 minutes 25 seconds

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Fantasie über englische Themen, S694
1841/2; performing version by Leslie Howard
performing version

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
A perplexing manuscript is that of the Fantasie über englische Themen. The present writer has put the four large extant fragments of this work together with the minimum of addition, just in order to be able to present the material in performance. What we have to begin with, then, is the Allegro from the overture to Handel's Messiah. The opening bars of this section are missing from the manuscript, but were easily reinstated. We do not know if Liszt had transcribed the first, slow section of the overture, but since he does not include its reprise at the end of the Allegro, it was thought best to omit it. The Allegro is then extended and leads to variations on See, the conquering hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus. The last bars of this section were also missing. The rest of the manuscript is fragmentary and is based on Rule, Britannia (from Arne's Alfred) and God Save the Queen. Liszt may have cannibalized the manuscript to produce his fantasies on each of these two melodies. The Rule, Britannia piece has never been found, but the God Save the Queen fantasy – which briefly refers to Arne's melody towards the end – provided some otherwise missing material, as well as a suitable coda.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1999

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