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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: 9 minutes 48 seconds

'As a guide to this cornucopia Leslie Howard could hardly be bettered' (BBC Music Magazine)

'All kinds of fascinating morsels … there is much here to interest any admirer of this remarkable and prolific composer' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Fascinating trouvailles' (Classic CD)

Einleitung und Schlu▀takte zu Tausigs 3. Valse-Caprice, S571a
circa 1880
Wahlstimmen, Op 250

Introduction  EnglishFranšaisDeutsch
This group of four pieces entails Liszt's charming idea of supplying an introduction and coda to a finished composition by one of his friends. (The resulting form is an echo of such pieces as Weber's Invitation to the Dance.) It is curious that, although Liszt's contribution is small, it is nonetheless able to determine in some decisive way the listener's response to the work thus framed. The Einleitung und Coda zu Raffs Walzer in Des-dur has been published long since in the Liszt-Pedagögium. Unfortunately that publication identifies the Raff waltz as being in A flat, and so the work could not be assembled until the correct piece was identified: Tanz-Kaprize Opus 54/1. Similarly, the Einleitung und Coda zu Rubinsteins Étude in C-dur – an unpublished manuscript in the Library of Congress – was for a long time listed as an introduction to Rubinstein's Staccato-Étude, Opus 23/1. It has also been identified correctly as belonging to the once-famous Étude on wrong notes (a trick with mild dissonances, really) but then postulated to be the introduction to an unfinished arrangement. As with the other pieces of this kind, the paper tells the tale: the introductory bars are on one sheet, the concluding bars (or in this case, just one bar of flourish) on another. The Einleitung und Coda zu Smetanas Polka also appeared in the Liszt-Pedagögium, but had the great fortune to be republished with the Smetana piece in an encore album edited by the much-missed virtuoso Raymond Lewenthal. The Einleitung und Schlußtakte zu Tausigs 3. Valse-Caprice suffered an even stranger fate before it was finally published in its correct context by the Liszt Society in its 1989 Journal: it appeared in an American publication as a single piano piece without the Strauss/Tausig Waltz to separate its two leaves – and thence was mis-catalogued in Grove VI, under a title derived from its tempo indication ('Ruhig'), and was given a misleading catalogue number. Liszt's pages clearly contain the thematic material of Johann Strauss's Wahlstimmen ('Voting Papers'), Opus 250. The great scholar and editor Robert Threlfall was the first person correctly to identify this manuscript held in the Library of Congress.

from notes by Leslie Howard ę 1999

Other albums featuring this work
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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