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Consolations – Six pensées poétiques, S172
composer
c1844/9; published 1850

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 9 – Sonata, Elegies & Consolations' (CDA66429)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 9 – Sonata, Elegies & Consolations
'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)  
'Michael Zadora – The complete recordings' (APR6008)
Michael Zadora – The complete recordings
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 APR6008  2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only  
'The Grand Organ of Birmingham Town Hall' (CDA66216)
The Grand Organ of Birmingham Town Hall
'Liszt: Piano Music' (LISZT1)
Liszt: Piano Music
MP3 £4.50FLAC £4.50ALAC £4.50 LISZT1  2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
Details
No 1: E major
Track 16 on CDA66429 [1'02]
Track 16 on CDS44501/98 CD17 [1'02] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 9 on APR6008 CD1 [1'24] 2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only
No 2: E major
Track 17 on CDA66429 [2'35]
Track 17 on CDS44501/98 CD17 [2'35] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 10 on APR6008 CD1 [2'36] 2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only
No 3: D flat major
Track 18 on CDA66429 [3'50]
Track 18 on CDS44501/98 CD17 [3'50] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 11 on APR6008 CD1 [2'59] 2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only
No 4: D flat major 'Stern-Consolation on a theme by Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna'
Track 2 on CDA66216 [3'11] Archive Service
Track 19 on CDA66429 [2'11]
Track 19 on CDS44501/98 CD17 [2'11] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 5: E major
Track 20 on CDA66429 [1'56]
Track 20 on CDS44501/98 CD17 [1'56] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 12 on APR6008 CD1 [2'17] 2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 5 on LISZT1 CD1 [1'56] 2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
No 6: E major
Track 21 on CDA66429 [2'52]
Track 21 on CDS44501/98 CD17 [2'52] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Consolations – Six pensées poétiques, S172
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Although the Consolations have always been very popular among Liszt’s works, especially amongst amateurs relieved at the relative absence of transcendental technical requirements, they are not so often encountered as a complete set. The final version of the pieces seems to require hearing in toto from time to time – no matter how demonstrable it may be that the third is a masterpiece in its own right (and it is interesting that this piece was a replacement of another in E major, which eventually found its far more appropriate resting-place – since it is a setting of a Hungarian folksong – in the first of the Hungarian Rhapsodies). The title originated with an anthology of Sainte-Beuve which had appeared in 1830, although there are no specific references by Liszt to that poet’s work. The design of a guiding star printed above the fourth Consolation gave rise to that work’s now little-used nickname. Although the second and sixth pieces have their moments of extroversion, the general tone of the set is restrained. However, they do not cry out for the desperately ‘worthy’ style of performance to which they are so often subjected!

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1991

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Details for CDS44501/98 disc 17 track 17
No 2: E major
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-42917
Duration
2'35
Recording date
28 April 1990
Recording venue
Recording producer
Martin Compton & Tryggvi Tryggvason
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 17 Track 17
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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