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Deux Mélodies russes 'Arabesques', S250
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1842
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Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 35 – Arabesques' (CDA66984)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 35 – Arabesques
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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Details
No 1: Solovei 'Le rossignol' (second version)
Track 1 on CDA66984 [4'07]
Track 1 on CDS44501/98 CD53 [4'07] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 2: Chanson bohémienne
Track 2 on CDA66984 [7'58]
Track 2 on CDS44501/98 CD53 [7'58] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Deux Mélodies russes 'Arabesques', S250
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The two transcriptions which Liszt eventually issued together under the title Arabesques were conceived separately, and Solovei appeared in an earlier, rather boisterous version with a title page which attempted to make Cyrillic letters from Roman ones—with laughable results. The revised version used to be a staple encore piece, refashioning a charming song by a rather neglected minor Russian master with attractive emphasis on the imitation of the nightingale’s song. The printed editions of the Chanson bohemienne make no mention of the melody’s origins, but it seems to be the work of one Pyotr Petrovich Bulakhov (not to be confused in any way with Konstantin Bulhakov—see below), about whom the present writer is sadly uninformed. As with many of Liszt’s song transcriptions, the piece is tantamount to a set of variations.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1995

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