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Ouverture du Roi Lear de Hector Berlioz, S474
composer
1833
composer
1831; Roi Lear, Op 4

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 5 – Saint-Saëns, Chopin & Berlioz Transcriptions' (CDA66346)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 5 – Saint-Saëns, Chopin & Berlioz Transcriptions
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
Buy by post £200.00 CDS44501/98  99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
Details
Track 12 on CDA66346 [16'23]
Track 12 on CDS44501/98 CD52 [16'23] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Ouverture du Roi Lear de Hector Berlioz, S474
The King Lear Overture is a special case: although we have some correspondence between Liszt and Berlioz on the subject, it remains unclear why the transcription remained unpublished and, as far as we know, unperformed. The British Liszt Society published the work in 1987, and the present writer gave the first performance in modern times at the Wigmore Hall in the same year. It is clear that Berlioz made a few changes to the score before it was published—but after Liszt’s transcription had been made—and these have been incorporated in this performance.

from notes by Leslie Howard 1989

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