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Soirées italiennes – Six amusements sur des motifs de Mercadante, S411
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Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 21 – Soirées musicales' (CDA66661/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 21 – Soirées musicales
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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No 1: La primavera – Canzonetta
Track 13 on CDA66661/2 CD1 [4'34] 2CDs
Track 13 on CDS44501/98 CD60 [4'34] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 2: Il galop
Track 14 on CDA66661/2 CD1 [2'21] 2CDs
Track 14 on CDS44501/98 CD60 [2'21] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 3: Il pastore svizzero – Tirolese
Track 15 on CDA66661/2 CD1 [6'32] 2CDs
Track 15 on CDS44501/98 CD60 [6'32] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 4: La serenata del marinaro
Track 16 on CDA66661/2 CD1 [3'33] 2CDs
Track 16 on CDS44501/98 CD60 [3'33] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 5: Il brindisi – Rondoletto
Track 17 on CDA66661/2 CD1 [3'47] 2CDs
Track 17 on CDS44501/98 CD60 [3'47] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 6: La zingarella spagnola – Bolero
Track 18 on CDA66661/2 CD1 [6'11] 2CDs
Track 18 on CDS44501/98 CD60 [6'11] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Soirées italiennes – Six amusements sur des motifs de Mercadante, S411
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The prolific Saverio Mercadante (1795–1870) was a composer of a similar mould to Rossini, although rather fewer of his works have stood the test of time, being not so strong on personality as those of his great compatriot. But occasionally one of the sixty or so operas is given (Liszt wrote a fantasy which included themes from Il giuramento) and a few instrumental pieces remain on the fringe of the repertoire. With the Soirées italiennes Liszt was not so generous as he had been with the Rossini collection, which he had transcribed in its entirety. He chose just half of the twelve numbers (on texts by Crescini and Pepoli) that make up Mercadante’s original, and successfully managed to select the pieces which differ as widely as possible from their pretty obvious Rossini models. Unfortunately, Liszt’s transcriptions are somewhat rare nowadays, probably because they are unrestrained in their technical demands—even the gentler pieces have fiendishly intricate details which render them immediately beyond the salon performer. Liszt’s method is of the same stamp as with the Rossini pieces, and the transcriptions themselves, depicting in turn the spring, a gallop, a Swiss shepherd, a sailor’s serenade, a drinking song and a Spanish gypsy girl, require no further gloss.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1992

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Details for CDA66661/2 disc 1 track 14
Il galop
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ISRC
GB-AJY-93-66114
Duration
2'21
Recording date
27 August 1992
Recording venue
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
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  1. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 60 Track 14
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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