Hyperion Records

Romancero espagnol, S695c
composer
1845; intended for publication in 1847 with a dedication to Queen Isabella II of Spain; first actually published in the Liszt Society Journal in 2009

Recordings
'Liszt: New Discoveries, Vol. 3' (CDA67810)
Liszt: New Discoveries, Vol. 3
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67810  2CDs for the price of 1   Download currently discounted
'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)  
Details
Part 1: Introduction and Fandango with variations
Track 1 on CDA67810 CD1 [10'04] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 1 on CDS44501/98 CD91 [10'04] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Part 2: Elaboration of an unidentified theme
Track 2 on CDA67810 CD1 [5'45] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 2 on CDS44501/98 CD91 [5'45] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Part 3: Jota aragonesa and coda
Track 3 on CDA67810 CD1 [4'35] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 3 on CDS44501/98 CD91 [4'35] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Romancero espagnol, S695c
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Liszt wrote two major works on Spanish themes during his Iberian travels in 1844–5. Neither was published in his lifetime. The Grosse Concert-Phantasie über spanische Weisen first appeared shortly after Liszt’s death. He had prepared it for publication, and dedicated it to his biographer Lina Ramann. (It was reprinted in the 1997 Liszt Society Journal.) A later work based on material collected and/or worked-on in the 1840s is the celebrated Rapsodie espagnole, and this appeared as late as 1867. The Romancero espagnol (Spanish Song-Book), whose title and date we know from Liszt’s correspondence, was intended to be published in 1847 with a proposed dedication to Queen Isabella II of Spain, but for some reason the publication never took place. From the correspondence we can see that Liszt clearly considered the work complete, although there is one small lacuna and, as often with Liszt until the last moment, the ending is not fully written-out. The pages of the MS are not numbered, and are not bound together. An archivist at the Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv, presumably Peter Raabe, has placed a large question-mark at the top of what is surely the beginning of the work, but has then written ‘Spanische Rhapsodie’ at the top of the page where the final jota begins (the theme is the same as that in the Rapsodie espagnole, but in a different key, and very differently treated), and has altered the order of the pages, placing this section at the beginning—a musical impossibility, since this section recalls earlier material in the peroration. Careful reshuffling of the pages gives us a piece in three clear sections, each based on a different theme. There is an introduction, setting up the dichotomy between the tonalities of E major and C major—this material will be recalled towards the end of the work—then an elaborately varied fandango, largely in C major, but straying as far afield as A flat. The central section is a set of free variations on an imposing, stately theme in E minor, of title unknown, and the finale, based on the Jota aragonesa, takes us to E major with excursions into C major. Earlier themes are recalled and combined, especially in an alarmingly difficult passage in two time-signatures at once. The work was published for the first time in the Liszt Society Journal in 2009.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 2011

Track-specific metadata
Click track numbers opposite to select

   English   Français   Deutsch