Valse oubliée No 4, S215/4

composer
circa 1884

 
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

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

Track-specific metadata for CDH55109 track 10

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-00910
Duration
2'35
Recording date
25 October 1981
Recording venue
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Rare Piano Encores (CDA66090)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: September 1986
    Deletion date: June 2004
    Superseded by CDH55109
  2. Rare Piano Encores (CDH55109)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: August 2004
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)