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Ernani de Verdi – [Deuxième] Paraphrase de Concert, S432
composer
1859
composer
1844; Ernani

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'Marc-André Hamelin – It's all about the music' (DVDA68000)
Marc-André Hamelin – It's all about the music
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 30 – Liszt at the Opera III' (CDA66861/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 30 – Liszt at the Opera III
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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Track 10 on DVDA68000 [6'20] DVD
Track 3 on CDA66861/2 CD1 [8'34] 2CDs
Track 3 on CDS44501/98 CD41 [8'34] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Ernani de Verdi – [Deuxième] Paraphrase de Concert, S432
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The operas of Verdi supplied Liszt with a good many ideas for operatic fantasies, and the Paraphrases de concert on Ernani, Il Trovatore and Rigoletto are amongst Liszt’s finest. They were issued as a set, although the publisher managed not to print them in Liszt’s specified order, which is that observed here. Liszt had already produced another fantasy on themes from Ernani which includes some similar material, but he declined to publish it and reworked part of it into the piece recorded here. By calling these three pieces paraphrases, rather than fantasies or transcriptions, Liszt intends to convey the idea of taking a specific section of an opera, presenting it in highly pianistic terms whilst maintaining the general lines of the original. So the Ernani paraphrase confines itself to the finale of Act III (the King of Spain’s aria and chorus at Charlemagne’s tomb), the Trovatore paraphrase is upon the Act IV duet between Leonora and the condemned Manrico, with the accompanying chorus singing the Miserere (which is distantly derived from the opening of Allegri’s Miserere), and the justly famous Rigoletto paraphrase is simply a stunning re-creation of the quartet between Rigoletto, Gilda, the Duke and Maddalena in Act IV.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1994

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