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"Ernani" de Verdi – Première paraphrase de concert, S431a
composer
1847; prepared from Liszt's manuscript by Leslie Howard
composer
1844; Ernani

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 54 – Liszt at the Opera VI' (CDA67406/7)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 54 – Liszt at the Opera VI
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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Track 2 on CDA67406/7 CD1 [14'41] 2CDs
Track 2 on CDS44501/98 CD47 [14'41] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

"Ernani" de Verdi – Première paraphrase de concert, S431a
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The standard Ernani paraphrase was issued with the paraphrases on Il trovatore and Rigoletto. It was based, in part, on an earlier, unpublished work, which is performed here: the later paraphrase confines itself to the finale of Act III – the King of Spain’s aria and chorus at Charlemagne’s tomb – and is an elaboration, transposed from A flat minor to F minor, of the second part of the earlier work (Verdi’s key is F minor). In the earlier piece the A flat minor section is preceded by an exceedingly florid transcription in E flat major (Verdi’s key) of a chorus from the finale of Act I: Elvira’s would-be lover is revealed to be Don Carlo, the King.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1999

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