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

Recordings

Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 1 – Waltzes
CDA66201
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
CDS44501/9899CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Rare Piano Encores
CDH55109Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Liszt: Piano Music
LISZT12CDs 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

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