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Carrousel de Madame P-N, S214a

circa 1875/81

While a sense of humour is apparent in a good deal of Liszt’s music, at least within the bounds of scherzando, and often with a Mephistophelean edge, actual joking in his music is pretty well absent, save the one piece inspired by the sight of the corpulent Madame Pelet-Narbonne taking her pleasure in a ride on a roundabout. It must be admitted that Liszt’s view of the incident is less than kind—with the marking ‘Allegro intrepido’, and sounding not far away from the spirit of Bartók’s Allegro barbaro.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1991

S’il manifeste un certain sens de l’humour dans une grande partie de sa musique, du moins dans les limites du scherzando, et avec souvent un mordant méphistophélique, on n’y trouve pratiquement pas de véritable plaisanterie musicale, à l’exception de la seule pièce inspirée par le spectacle de la corpulente Madame Pelet-Narbonne prenant plaisir dans un tour de manège. Le compte-rendu que fait Liszt de l’incident n’est pas très aimable, il faut l’admettre—un «Allegro intrépide», assez proche de l’esprit de l’Allegro barbaro de Bartók.

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 1991
Français: Elisabeth Rhodes

Während sich in Liszts Musik, zumindest innerhalb der Grenzen des Scherzando, immer wieder sein oft recht teuflischer Sinn für Humor offenbart, fehlen musikalische Scherze im eigentlichen Sinne fast ganz, bis auf ein Stück, das vom Anblick der korpulenten Madame Pelet-Narbonne inspiriert wurde, als diese sich das Vergnügen einer Karussellfahrt gönnte. Zugegeben: Liszts Wiedergabe des Vorfalls ist nicht gerade liebenswert—man denke nur an die Bezeichnung „Allegro intrepido“ und an die Klänge, die dem Geist von Bartóks Allegro barbaro nahestehen.

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 1991
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller


Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 11 – The Late Pieces
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
CDS44501/9899CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Liszt: Piano Music
LISZT12CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted


Track 8 on CDA66445 [0'49]
Track 8 on CDS44501/98 CD19 [0'49] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 18 on LISZT1 CD2 [0'49] 2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDA66445 track 8

Recording date
23 June 1990
Recording venue
Recording producer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
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  1. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 19 Track 8
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
  2. Liszt: Piano Music (LISZT1)
    Disc 2 Track 18
    Release date: August 2001
    Deletion date: July 2010
    2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
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