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Der Asra – Lied von Anton Rubinstein, S554/2
composer
Op 32 No 6
arranger
1880

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 15 – Song Transcriptions' (CDA66481/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 15 – Song Transcriptions
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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Track 16 on CDA66481/2 CD2 [4'57] 2CDs
Track 16 on CDS44501/98 CD59 [4'57] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Der Asra – Lied von Anton Rubinstein, S554/2
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The exoticism of Heine’s ‘The Asra’ inspired perhaps Rubinstein’s best song, and certainly one of his simplest, and Liszt carries the simplicity into his transcription with a further tinge of the hopeless lack of a comforting resolution so often encountered in his later music: ‘The youthful captive’ has grown paler by the day from watching the Sultan’s beautiful daughter on her daily walks to the fountain. When she finally demands to know his name, he tells her that he is called Mahomet, that he comes from Yemen, and is of that race of Asra who, should they love, die.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1991

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