The hapless Mme P-N was a friend of Olga von Meyendorff with whom Liszt kept up a lively and copious correspondence and for whom he wrote a number of pieces, including the five album-leaves which have been misleadingly published as if they form some kind of a cycle, whereas they were composed over many years and are quite independent from each other. They are models of simplicity, the second piece deriving from the second of the Liebesträume
, and only the more extended fifth piece having a title, Sospiri! (‘Sighs!’).
from notes by Leslie Howard © 1991