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Track(s) taken from CDA67414/7

Dritter Mephisto-Walzer, S215a

composer
1883; first draft

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: December 1998
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: August 1999
Total duration: 5 minutes 54 seconds
 
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Reviews

'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)
The original conception of the Third Mephisto-Waltz has never been published, but the comparison between this version and the work's final form is an engrossing study: the first version is almost too concise, whilst the later version is right at the edge of prolixity. Both contain a reflective musing passage – risking the loss of the waltz character in an excursion into 4/4 time – and both deliberately exploit an uneasy fluctuation between D sharp minor (the unusual key of the piece) and F sharp major (its more comfortable relation).

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1999

La conception originale de la Troisième Mephisto-Waltz n’a jamais été publiée, mais la comparaison entre cette version et la forme finale de l’œuvre est une étude absorbante: la première version est presque trop concise, cependant que la seconde frôle la prolixité. Toutes deux comportent un passage réfléchi, songeur – risquant de perdre le caractère de valse dans une excursion à 4/4 – et exploitent délibérément une fluctuation malaisée entre ré dièse mineur (la tonalité insolite de cette pièce) et fa dièse majeur (sa parente, plus aisée).

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 1999
Français: Hypérion

Das ursprüngliche Konzept des Dritten Mephisto-Walzers ist nie veröffentlicht worden, aber der Vergleich zwischen dieser Version und der Fassung letzter Hand ist eine fesselnde Untersuchung: Die erste Fassung ist fast zu knapp, während sich die spätere Version am Rande der Weitschweifigkeit bewegt. Beide enthalten einen nachdenklichen, grüblerischen Abschnitt – durch einen Exkurs in den 4/4-Takt wird der Verlust des Walzercharakters riskiert – und beide nutzen bewußt eine unruhige Schwankung zwischen dis-Moll (der ungewöhnlichen Tonart des Stückes) und Fis-Dur (seiner angenehmeren Paralleltonart).

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 1999
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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