Only the deafest of Wagnerians would try to make much of a case for the quite appalling quality of most of his piano music. But one or two of the late, short pieces are very attractive – and they are all dedicated to attractive titled ladies. This Album Leaf
is fully titled In das Album der Fürstin M.
– the Princess Metternich – and dates from 1861, two years after Tristan
but much more conservative in idiom.
from notes by Leslie Howard © 2004