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Track(s) taken from CDA66433
Recording details: April 1990
Kimpton Parish Church, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: April 1991
Total duration: 1 minutes 36 seconds

'Howard's steel-fingered pianistic athleticism is backed by strong musical intuition and there seems no limit to his technical prowess. The recorded sound is a banquet for the ears. Highly recommended' (American Record Guide)

Un portrait en musique de la Marquise de Blocqueville, S190

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Putting aside Louise Bertin’s opera Esmeralda, for which Liszt prepared the piano-vocal score and Berlioz the orchestral score [why?!] the sweet little trifle in honour of the Marquise de Blocqueville is the only other shared work involving Liszt. Extracting the gist of the story from Francis Planté’s fulsome account to the Maison Durand, who issued the work in 1927 (it had previously appeared in the magazine Figaro in 1886): Herz had been teaching the piano to the young and inattentive lady, and felt compelled to show his reaction to her dilatory behaviour by writing a short, indecisive, album-leaf as her musical portrait. This she showed to Planté, years later. He responded with a piece of his own, indicating the sound of the local church bell and depicting the older woman’s mature and pious state of mind. The Marquise sent both pieces immediately to Liszt, with a request for a third portrait, and Liszt responded with a wayward connecting passage to a variant of Herz’s theme and a rich extension of Planté’s theme, which Planté himself seems to have enriched with a few bass octave doublings of his own.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1991

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