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Sarabande und Chaconne über Themen aus dem Singspiel Almira, S181

composer
1879
composer
1705; Almira

 
Almira was Handel’s first opera, and it received such scant attention that it is little short of amazing that Liszt should have taken it up, writing a sort of double set of variations on the two dances which occur near the beginning of the work (Chaconne then Sarabande in the opera). Curiously, it is the Sarabande which predominates, rather like a Bach-type chaconne, whereas the Chaconne proper is of the balletic variety and nothing to do with repeated bass lines. This almost amounts to an original work of Liszt’s (and Humphrey Searle so catalogued it) but Handel always remains part of the equation, even in the grandiose major key transformation of the Sarabande at the end.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1990

Recordings

Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 6 – Liszt at the Opera I
CDA66371/22CDs
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
CDS44501/9899CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Details

Track 6 on CDA66371/2 CD1 [11'22] 2CDs
Track 6 on CDS44501/98 CD37 [11'22] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44501/98 disc 37 track 6

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-37106
Duration
11'22
Recording date
9 December 1989
Recording venue
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 37 Track 6
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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