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Agnus Dei della Messa da Requiem di Giuseppe Verdi, S437i
composer
1873
arranger
1877

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 24 – Beethoven & Hummel Septets' (CDA66761/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 24 – Beethoven & Hummel Septets
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
MP3 £160.00FLAC £160.00ALAC £160.00Buy by post £200.00 CDS44501/98  99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
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Track 10 on CDA66761/2 CD1 [5'45] 2CDs
Track 10 on CDS44501/98 CD54 [5'45] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Agnus Dei della Messa da Requiem di Giuseppe Verdi, S437i
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We know that Verdi thought highly of Liszt as an orchestral composer, but information about his attitude to Liszt’s Verdi transcriptions is scanty. Liszt certainly had approval from Verdi’s publishers for them, and Ricordi was very proud to issue the pieces with both composers’ names floridly decorated on the title pages. But Liszt’s very personal view of Verdi, especially in the last transcriptions – Aïda, Requiem, Boccanegra – but already evident in the earlier ones, led him often to alter the shape of Verdi’s melodies, and, as in the present case, to produce really quite a different and even more intimate musical shape. (This piece is one of a number which Liszt produced for Ricordi which has alternative passages for performance on a piano which allows mechanical repetition of notes and chords which are held down. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be one of these curiosities in working order, or this disquieting idea could be put to the test.)

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1993

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