Part 1 'Nibelungen'. No 1: Hagen und Kriemhild
Part 1 'Nibelungen'. No 2: Bechlarn
Part 2 'Faust'. No 1: Osterhymne
Part 2 'Faust'. No 2: Hoffest. Marsch und Polonaise
Goethe’s masterpiece has attracted a great many composers, and Lassen’s contribution is a substantial one. His Faust score has some sixty-four numbers to it. The ‘Easter Hymn’ (Lassen’s Part 1, No 2), the hearing of which interrupts Faust’s resolve to kill himself, is straightforwardly transcribed, but the Hoffest (‘Court Celebration’) is Liszt’s own combination of two numbers (2 and 3) from Part Two of Lassen’s work. Here Liszt greatly varies and elaborates Lassen’s themes in an introductory march and a very gallant and ornamental Polonaise.
from notes by Leslie Howard © 1992