Hyperion Records

Leier und Schwert nach Carl Maria von Weber – Heroïde, S452
composer
1814; J169/173/168
arranger
1846/7

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
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No 1: [Introduction]
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No 2: Schwertlied
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No 3: Gebet (vor der Schlacht)
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No 4: Lützows wilde Jagd
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Leier und Schwert nach Carl Maria von Weber – Heroïde, S452
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The Lyre and Sword transcription is of a special kind: Liszt takes three of Weber’s six unaccompanied choruses and makes a miniature symphonic poem of them. The Heroïde in this new form becomes grandly heroic in a style that even calls Chopin to mind. The flourish at the end of the introduction is certainly a recollection of that composer’s F sharp minor Polonaise. Liszt extends all of Weber’s ideas and links all the choruses together in a convincing triptych – of Sword-Song, with Liszt’s extra dotted rhythmic accompaniment, a passionately arpeggiated Prayer before the battle and a barnstorming Lützow’s Wild Hunt – which would make a worthy candidate for revival on the recital platform.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1993

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