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Via Crucis, S504a
composer
1878/9

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 8 – Weihnachtsbaum & Via Crucis' (CDA66388)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 8 – Weihnachtsbaum & Via Crucis
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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Introduction: Vexilla regis
Track 14 on CDA66388 [2'48]
Track 14 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [2'48] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 01: Jésus est condamné à mort
Track 15 on CDA66388 [0'50]
Track 15 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [0'50] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 02: Jésus est chargé de sa croix
Track 16 on CDA66388 [2'17]
Track 16 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [2'17] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 03: Jésus tombe pour la première fois
Track 17 on CDA66388 [0'55]
Track 17 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [0'55] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 04: Jésus rencontre sa très sainte mère
Track 18 on CDA66388 [1'23]
Track 18 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [1'23] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 05: Simon le Cyrénéen aide Jésus à porter sa croix
Track 19 on CDA66388 [2'03]
Track 19 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [2'03] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 06: Sancta Veronica
Track 20 on CDA66388 [2'00]
Track 20 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [2'00] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 07: Jésus tombe pour la seconde fois
Track 21 on CDA66388 [0'55]
Track 21 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [0'55] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 08: Les femmes de Jérusalem
Track 22 on CDA66388 [1'36]
Track 22 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [1'36] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 09: Jésus tombe une troisième fois
Track 23 on CDA66388 [0'59]
Track 23 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [0'59] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 10: Jésus est dépouillé de ses vêtements
Track 24 on CDA66388 [1'31]
Track 24 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [1'31] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 11: Jésus est attaché à la croix
Track 25 on CDA66388 [0'37]
Track 25 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [0'37] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 12: Jésus meurt sur la croix
Track 26 on CDA66388 [4'57]
Track 26 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [4'57] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 13: Jésus est déposé de la croix
Track 27 on CDA66388 [2'19]
Track 27 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [2'19] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Station 14: Jésus est mis dans le sépulcre
Track 28 on CDA66388 [4'10]
Track 28 on CDS44501/98 CD18 [4'10] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Via Crucis, S504a
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The first Station, Jesus is condemned to death, is a rather violent piece, mostly in octaves, and not based on any external source material. The second, Jesus is made to carry his cross, is punctuated by a short phrase of plainsong to the words ‘Ave Crux’, and ends with a passage which depicts slow walking. The third, Jesus falls for the first time, begins with the rough expression of ‘Jesus cadit’ and resolves into the first verse of the plainsong hymn ‘Stabat mater dolorosa’. The fourth, Jesus meets his Blessed mother, has a harmonic language that anticipates Messaien by over half a century. The melody which ends this piece, somehow reminding us of love in the midst of sorrow, will recur at the end of the work. The fifth, Simon the Cyrenian helps Jesus to carry his cross, also brings the solace of affection, and ends with the same music as does the second Station. The sixth, Saint Veronica, adds a short introduction and coda to a harmonization of the famous chorale usually translated as ‘O sacred head sore wounded’, and familiar to us especially from Bach, although actually the original work of Hans Leo Hassler (1564–1612).

Station VII, Jesus falls for the second time, is a slightly altered repetition of Station III, a semitone higher. The eighth Station, The women of Jerusalem, is one of the most idiomatic musical descriptions of weeping in the whole literature. After the first climax is a short monody with an inscription from St Luke: ‘Weep not for me, but for yourselves, and for your children.’ The final bleak marching passage indicates the last part of the road to Calvary. The ninth, Jesus falls a third time, moves the earlier music up another semitone, with minor alterations. The tenth, Jesus is deprived of his clothing, is another original piece with striking chromatic harmony far ahead of its time. Liszt’s remark to himself at the end of the manuscript (‘Durch Mitleid wissend’) comes from the libretto of the as yet unfinished Parsifal, and possibly indicates Liszt’s own awareness of how he discovered his forward-looking musical language through wisdom which came of compassion. There is certainly no question of Wagner’s music being quoted. Station XI, Jesus is nailed to the cross, reiterates the cry ‘Crucifige’ in a phrase of deliberate brutality. The twelfth, Jesus dies on the cross, is an extended piece, with two of the Last Words: ‘Eli, Eli lama Sabacthani?’ and ‘In manus tuas commendo spiritum meum’. A musical meditation on the three-note motif also takes in the last Word: ‘Consummatum est’ and the piece concludes with a harmonization and extension of the chorale O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid! whose harmony is at once simple and daringly dissonant. Desolate is the only appropriate adjective for the thirteenth Station, Jesus is taken down from the cross—fragments of the ‘Stabat Mater’ and a varied version of the fourth Station trail away into silence. The final Station, Jesus is laid in the tomb, returns to the hymn of the opening procession, continuing from the text ‘Ave crux spes unica’, with a calming rhythmic accompaniment in 3/2 before the most delicate coda upon the melody from the fourth Station and the three-note ‘Cross’ motif bring the work to a close.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1990

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Details for CDS44501/98 disc 18 track 21
Station 7: Jésus tombe pour la seconde fois
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-38821
Duration
0'55
Recording date
6 October 1989
Recording venue
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 18 Track 21
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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