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Ballade No 2, S170a
circa 1853; first version; in B minor

'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 40 – Gaudeamus igitur' (CDA67034)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 40 – Gaudeamus igitur
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Track 12 on CDA67034 [13'43]
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Ballade No 2, S170a
To be honest, Liszt never expected the original version of his Ballade No 2 to be published, but the original form has long been known—differing from the final version by the absence of two eight-bar phrases in the closing B major section, and by having a fast coda which recalls the central martial development material—this coda being itself a second draft of another cancelled fast ending. The original coda has appeared in several editions, although most of them fail to remark that, if it is performed, two eight-bar cuts need also to be made to restore the original text. It goes without saying that the beautiful quiet coda of the later version is a stroke of genius, but the present ending is not without its merits.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1996

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Details for CDA67034 track 12
Recording date
22 August 1995
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Tryggvi Tryggvason
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Tryggvi Tryggvason
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  1. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 29 Track 12
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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