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Track(s) taken from CDD22024
Recording details: June 1993
Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ates Orga
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: October 1993
Total duration: 13 minutes 39 seconds

'All these performances are a marvel of the most concentrated pianism, musical thought and emotion … sound and presentation are fully equal to a very special occasion' (Gramophone)

'Here, captured all too rarely even in live recordings, is the raptly magical concentration exceptional to the adrenalin of a concert. Utter finesse, exquisite control of tone colour and sharply intelligent empathy. The Vorisek is breathtakingly beautiful' (BBC Music Magazine)

'All-encompassing mastery … first rate' (American Record Guide)

An die ferne Geliebte – Liederkreis von Beethoven, S469
composer
Op 98
arranger
1849

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Leslie Howard (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In his transcription of Beethoven’s song cycle ‘To the distant beloved’ Liszt permits himself very few liberties, but from time to time actually omits repeated portions of melody in order to bring the varied accompaniment into the limelight. The songs flow one into another and, as in the poem by Aloys Jeitteles, the last verse of the first song is recalled in the last verse of the sixth: (i) The poet sits on the hill, gazes into the distance and sings to his beloved; (ii) He wishes to be where amongst the blue mountains in the mist to avoid the pain of separation; (iii) He asks the little sailing clouds to convey his love and describe his tears; (iv) He wants the clouds to transport him so that he might share the joy of the wind rustling in her hair; (v) May has returned uniting all nature except the poet and his love; (vi) The poet asks his love to take the songs in the calm of twilight and sing them in return so that what a loving heart has blessed shall reach a loving heart.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1991


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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 15 – Song Transcriptions' (CDA66481/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 15 – Song Transcriptions
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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