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Réminiscences de Robert le Diable – Grande fantaisie sur des motifs de l'opéra de Meyerbeer, S412a S413
composer
No 1: c1846; No 2: 1841
composer
1831; Robert le Diable

Recordings
'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
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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No 1: Cavatine, S412a
Track 1 on CDA66861/2 CD2 [6'12] 2CDs Please, someone, buy me …
Track 1 on CDS44501/98 CD42 [6'12] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 2: Valse infernale, S413
Track 2 on CDA66861/2 CD2 [10'17] 2CDs Please, someone, buy me …
Track 2 on CDS44501/98 CD42 [10'17] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Réminiscences de Robert le Diable – Grande fantaisie sur des motifs de l'opéra de Meyerbeer, S412a S413
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The Valse infernale from Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable was one of Liszt’s successi strepitosi in his years as a travelling virtuoso, and the title belies a more complicated genesis—in addition to the waltz, which is an orchestral firework with chorus in Act III, themes from the ballet music are also woven into this tour de force. The unpublished elaboration of Meyerbeer’s Cavatine dates from 1846, and is a bar-for-bar transcription of the Isabella’s ‘Robert, toi qui j’aime’ from Act IV. The piece ends on a dominant seventh and cannot be played by itself, but since Liszt has transposed the original up a semitone to F sharp major, it seems quite likely that he intended to add this beautifully contrasting piece of pianistic delicacy to the beginning of his famous recital warhorse, the Valse infernale.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1994

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