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Track(s) taken from CDA66954/6
Recording details: June 1994
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: April 1995
Total duration: 20 minutes 7 seconds

'His idiomatic grasp and utter reliability remain as admirable as in earlier instalments. Excellent sonics and informative notes by the performer' (American Record Guide)

'These discs not only bear moving witness to Howard's devotion to Liszt, and Liszt's devotion to Schubert, but also offer a wealth of insight into both composers' (Classic CD)

'Other performers should be inspired to include this repertoire in their programs after hearing Howard's persuasive presentation' (Piano & Keyboard)

Schuberts Ungarische Melodien aus dem ungarischen Divertissement zu vier Händen, S425bis
1846; facilitated version of S425, 'auf eine neue leichtere Art gesetzt'

Andante  [8'28]
Allegretto  [5'49]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
By 1846 Liszt had probably noticed that his long and complex Mélodies hongroises—his piano solo version of Schubert’s Divertissement à l’hongroise—were not being taken up, except for the central March (see Volume 31). He recast the piece, making trenchant cuts and simplifying a lot of the texture. The new publication bears the German title Schuberts Ungarische Melodien, and adds the legend ‘auf eine neue leichtere Art gesetzt’ (‘arranged in a new easier manner’). Typically, Liszt’s understanding of what an amateur might find easy was compromised by the fact that he himself seemingly found nothing to be difficult. As a result, many passages are well out of the range of domestic music-making. The less weighty effect of this version gained it a brief life in concert, but sadly this version has been out of print for nearly 150 years.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1995

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