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Zwei Konzertetüden, S145
composer
published 1863

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'Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 5 – Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 & appendices' (APR5625)
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 5 – Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 & appendices
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'Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings' (APR7502)
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 38 – Les Préludes' (CDA67015)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 38 – Les Préludes
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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'Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1 – 1946' (APR5621)
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1 – 1946
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'Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 4 – 1949' (APR5624)
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 4 – 1949
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'Simon Barere – The complete HMV recordings 1934–1936' (APR6002)
Simon Barere – The complete HMV recordings 1934–1936
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'Harold Bauer – The complete recordings' (APR7302)
Harold Bauer – The complete recordings
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'Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings' (APR6010)
Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings
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'Louis Kentner – The pioneering Liszt recordings, Vol. 2' (APR5614)
Louis Kentner – The pioneering Liszt recordings, Vol. 2
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'Liszt: Marc-André Hamelin plays Liszt' (CDA66874)
Liszt: Marc-André Hamelin plays Liszt
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'Liszt: Piano Music' (LISZT1)
Liszt: Piano Music
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Details
No 1: Waldesrauschen
Track 7 on CDA67015 [4'47]
Track 7 on CDS44501/98 CD6 [4'47] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 2 on CDA66874 [3'42]
Track 12 on APR7302 CD3 [4'07] 3CDs Download only
Track 2 on APR7502 CD2 [4'16] 5CDs Download only
No 2: Gnomenreigen
Track 8 on CDA67015 [3'10]
Track 8 on CDS44501/98 CD6 [3'10] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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Track 3 on APR5624 [2'36] Download only
Track 3 on APR6002 CD1 [2'28] 2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 9 on APR5625 [2'30] Download only
Track 13 on APR5625 [2'31] Download only
Track 6 on APR5614 [3'14] Download only
Track 18 on APR6010 CD2 [2'50] 2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 6 on APR7502 CD2 [2'46] 5CDs Download only
Track 18 on LISZT1 CD1 [3'10] 2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Zwei Konzertetüden, S145
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Waldesrauschen (‘Forest murmurs’) and Gnomenreigen (‘Round dance of the gnomes’) were dedicated to Liszt’s student and ardent apologist Dionys Pruckner and are musical poems of great imagination whose technical application seems quite secondary. The first is a study in evenness of repeated patterns accompanying a flowing melody (marked ‘Vivace’ by Liszt, and often taken unaccountably slowly. Surely the test is to play with finesse at some speed to allow the melody to be both vivacious and gracious?), but its essence is one of spirit and colour, and the forest which it evokes is on more celestial a plane (Liszt’s favourite added-sixth chord which he allows to swirl about in many a religious piece: Bénédiction de Dieu dans la soltitude, for example) than that of Wagner’s Siegfried and the Woodbird. The plethora of instructions to play very quickly and still faster in Gnomenreigen reminds one of Schumann, and, as with Schumann, the performer dares not be too literal about it. This ever-popular study alternates between two themes—a ‘Presto scherzando’ in F sharp minor of half-lit crushed notes, as if at play in secret, and a brilliant toccata, ‘Un poco più animato’—as if hidden spirits are revealed—which first appears in A major. The first passage returns unaltered, then the second is transposed up a semitone to B flat major, leading to a development of the first section in G minor, where the character remains occluded with latent mystery. The music suddenly slips to F sharp minor over a pedal C sharp in order for the final triumphant revelation of the second theme, before the essential other-worldliness of the first theme claims the coda. The spirit of the work is very much that of a benevolent sort of Mephisto waltz—these gnomes are good spirits, as testified by Liszt’s bringing them home in a key which he always reserves to describe the joy of the life to come.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1996

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Details for APR5614 track 6
No 2: Gnomenreigen
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ISRC
GB-SAM-09-61406
Duration
3'14
Recording date
17 July 1939
Recording venue
Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
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Hyperion usage
  1. Louis Kentner – The pioneering Liszt recordings, Vol. 2 (APR5614)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: May 2009
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