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Venezia e Napoli, S159
composer
circa 1840; first set; No 3: 1st version of Goldoliera, S162/1; No 4: 1st version of Tarantella, S162/2

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
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
Buy by post £200.00 CDS44501/98  99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
Details
No 1: Lento: Chant du gondolier
Track 7 on CDA66661/2 CD2 [8'32] 2CDs
Track 7 on CDS44501/98 CD61 [8'32] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 2: Allegro
Track 8 on CDA66661/2 CD2 [2'38] 2CDs
Track 8 on CDS44501/98 CD61 [2'38] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 3: Andante placido
Track 9 on CDA66661/2 CD2 [3'32] 2CDs
Track 9 on CDS44501/98 CD61 [3'32] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 4: Tarantelles napolitaines
Track 10 on CDA66661/2 CD2 [9'10] 2CDs
Track 10 on CDS44501/98 CD61 [9'10] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Venezia e Napoli, S159
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By around 1840 Liszt had already sent the first collection of piano pieces entitled Venezia e Napoli to the printers, and a proof copy had been despatched, when he must have decided not to proceed with the publication—we know not why. In 1859 he revised the last two numbers of the set and inserted a short new piece to make up the second collection under this title, which was issued as a supplement to the Deuxième Année and which has always been enormously popular. The original versions make very interesting listening, even though it might be argued that trills inside tenths make gondoliering difficult or that there are almost too many steps to the bar in this particular tarantella. The second piece is curious. Its two unrelated themes are probably folkish in origin, but are neither of them so sufficiently distinguished as to be identifiable, as far as the present writer is aware. The first piece is of a greater order altogether. Liszt may already have seen its orchestral possibilities when he withdrew it as a piano piece, and certainly all those who know the symphonic poem Tasso—Lamento e Trionfo, which came to its final fruition in 1854, will have no trouble in recognizing this gondolier’s song. But the piano piece is imposing in itself and might well be performed independently of the other slighter pieces, charming though they be.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1992

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Details for CDS44501/98 disc 61 track 7
No 1: Lento: Chant du gondolier
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-93-66207
Duration
8'32
Recording date
27 August 1992
Recording venue
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 61 Track 7
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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