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Valse oubliée No 4, S215/4
composer
circa 1884

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 1 – Waltzes' (CDA66201)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 1 – Waltzes
Buy by post £10.50 CDA66201 
'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)  
'Rare Piano Encores' (CDH55109)
Rare Piano Encores
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55109  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Liszt: Piano Music' (LISZT1)
Liszt: Piano Music
LISZT1  2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
Details
Track 10 on CDH55109 [2'35] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 5 on CDA66201 [2'46]
Track 5 on CDS44501/98 CD20 [2'46] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 16 on LISZT1 CD1 [2'46] 2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Valse oubliée No 4, S215/4
The four Valses oubliées are all wistful late works and, as their marvellous title suggests, conjure up images of times and joys past. Although they are as modern in their harmonic style as the late Mephisto music, they speak in a much gentler language. The first was an immediate success, and has remained so. Liszt had it reprinted shortly afterwards with the second, which refers nostalgically to a passage from the Valse de bravoure, and the third, with its almost impressionistic colourings and repeated chords. The fourth became almost permanently ‘oubliée’ and the first publication was not until 1954. Like many of the visionary pieces of Liszt’s last years, the ending is enigmatic: a beautiful irresolution of a striving dominant seventh over the immovable keynote.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1986

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