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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: 13 minutes 53 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)

Adélaïde de Beethoven, S466ii
composer
Op 46
arranger
1841; second version

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The title says it all, really: the second edition of this transcription follows the first, almost unaltered, up to the end of the Larghetto, but then a vast original meditation upon Beethoven’s song ensues, similar in shape and intent to the optional cadenza in the final version but with some markedly different harmonies. The elaboration of the concluding Allegro is also similar to the first version but towards the end there is a further reminiscence of earlier material with reference to the cadenza, and the coda is extended (rather like Liszt’s first transcription of Schubert’s Ave Maria) by a passage marked ‘religioso’. The beauties of these last additions may permit the overwhelming bulk of them in relation to the original song to be forgiven, but Liszt’s later elimination of them is equally understandable.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1997

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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
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