Please wait...

Hyperion Records

Click cover art to view larger version
Landscape after a Thunderstorm (c1830) by Joseph Anton Koch (1768-1839)
Track(s) taken from CDA67111/3
Recording details: May 1996
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: April 1997
Total duration: 16 minutes 43 seconds

'One can only marvel at Leslie Howard's tireless advocacy of Liszt, and the way he constantly overcomes the multitude of technical obstacles in his path' (Gramophone)

'This early Beethoven collection finds Howard on top form. The notes which [he] writes to accompany each issue are erudite, witty, totally enthralling for Lisztians and pianophiles alike' (BBC Record Review)

'Titanic performances. I recommend this presentation to you simply as something which is sine qua non for any connoisseur of outstanding pianism. It has seldom been off my CD player since I received it' (Soundscapes, Australia)

Marche funèbre de la Symphonie heroïque de L. van Beethoven – Partition de piano, S463e
1802; Op 55
1841; first version

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Beethoven composed his Sinfonia Eroica (No 3 in E flat major, Op 55) in 1803 and, after deciding against a dedication to Bonaparte, inscribed it to Prince von Lobkowitz. Liszt transcribed just the second movement in 1841. It appeared in Vienna the following year in a dedicatory volume designed to raise money for the Beethoven monument in Bonn. (Liszt, as we know, was a major contributor to the expense of the sculpting – and the ceremonies surrounding the eventual unveiling – of the monument.) The piece was published separately (without dedication) in 1843 with the title as above, but in the volume and on the first page of the music is given ‘transcrite’ rather than ‘Partition de Piano’. (The volume was beautifully reprinted in Budapest in 1991: Liszt’s piece is first, then follow the Chopin Prélude, Op 45, Czerny’s Nocturne, Op 647, Döhler’s Impromptus fugitifs, Op 39, Henselt’s Wiegenlied (from Op 13), Kalkbrenner’s L’Echo! – Scherzo, Mendelssohn’s Variations sérieuses, Op 54, Moscheles’ Deux Études, Op 98, Taubert’s Fantaisie, Op 54, and Thalberg’s Romance sans paroles, Op 41/3, with multi-coloured title pages and illustrations.) The many small differences between Liszt’s transcription of the single movement and its revision in the later transcription of the whole symphony frequently concern his customary demands in music from his years as a public performer for much broader stretches, especially in the left hand, rendering the first version somewhat more sonorous because of the thicker chordal writing, especially when the bass line is often an octave lower than in the later version.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1997

Other albums featuring this work
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
MP3 £160.00FLAC £160.00ALAC £160.00Buy by post £200.00 CDS44501/98  99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
   English   Français   Deutsch