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Sarabande und Chaconne über Themen aus dem Singspiel Almira, S181
composer
1879
composer
1705; Almira

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 6 – Liszt at the Opera I' (CDA66371/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 6 – Liszt at the Opera I
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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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)

Sarabande und Chaconne über Themen aus dem Singspiel Almira, S181
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

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