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Hexaméron – Morceau de concert 'Grandes Variations de bravoure sur la marche des Puritains de Bellini', S365a
composer
circa 1839; score prepared from manuscript sources by Leslie Howard; movements 6, 8, 9, 11, 12 orchestrated by Leslie Howard
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Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 53 – Music for piano & orchestra I' (CDA67401/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 53 – Music for piano & orchestra I
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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Movement 01: Extrêmement lent
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Track 14 on CDA67401/2 CD2 [3'44] 2CDs
Track 14 on CDS44501/98 CD96 [3'44] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 02: Tema: Allegro marziale
Track 15 on CDA67401/2 CD2 [1'21] 2CDs
Track 15 on CDS44501/98 CD96 [1'21] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 03: Variation 1: Ben marcato (Thalberg)
Track 16 on CDA67401/2 CD2 [1'01] 2CDs
Track 16 on CDS44501/98 CD96 [1'01] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 04: Variation 2: Moderato
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Track 17 on CDA67401/2 CD2 [2'53] 2CDs
Track 17 on CDS44501/98 CD96 [2'53] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 05: Variation 3 di bravura: Allegro animato (Pixis)
Track 18 on CDA67401/2 CD2 [1'38] 2CDs
Track 18 on CDS44501/98 CD96 [1'38] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 06: Ritornello
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Track 19 on CDA67401/2 CD2 [0'23] 2CDs
Track 19 on CDS44501/98 CD96 [0'23] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 07: Variation 4: Legato e grazioso (Herz)
Track 20 on CDA67401/2 CD2 [1'51] 2CDs
Track 20 on CDS44501/98 CD96 [1'51] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 08: Variation 5: Vivo e brillante (Czerny)
Track 21 on CDA67401/2 CD2 [1'18] 2CDs
Track 21 on CDS44501/98 CD96 [1'18] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 09: Interlude 1: Fuocoso, molto energico – Lento, quasi recitativo
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Track 22 on CDA67401/2 CD2 [2'10] 2CDs
Track 22 on CDS44501/98 CD96 [2'10] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 10: Variation 6: Largo (Chopin)
Track 23 on CDA67401/2 CD2 [1'28] 2CDs
Track 23 on CDS44501/98 CD96 [1'28] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 11: Interlude 2: [L'istesso tempo]
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Track 24 on CDA67401/2 CD2 [1'09] 2CDs
Track 24 on CDS44501/98 CD96 [1'09] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 12: Finale part 1: Molto vivace quasi prestissimo
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Track 25 on CDA67401/2 CD2 [1'39] 2CDs
Track 25 on CDS44501/98 CD96 [1'39] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 13: Finale part 2: Allegro animato
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Track 26 on CDA67401/2 CD2 [1'57] 2CDs
Track 26 on CDS44501/98 CD96 [1'57] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Hexaméron – Morceau de concert 'Grandes Variations de bravoure sur la marche des Puritains de Bellini', S365a
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Bellini’s Suoni la tromba from I Puritani provided the basis for the famous Hexaméron variations, a work essentially prepared by Liszt after he had collated the contributions of five other composers each commissioned to write a variation for a collection to raise money for the poor at a Paris concert of 1837 organized by the Princess Belgiojoso. The work was not completed in time, but Liszt eventually produced a work of much originality—despite the ‘foreign’ contributions—using a theme of his own, heard at the outset, in conjunction with fragments of Bellini’s theme in all of the sections outside the actual variations, and referring to the several variations in turn in the finale. He published the piece with indications for the participation of the orchestra in all the sections under his personal control: the introduction and theme, the ritornello, the interludes and the finale. We know that Liszt performed the work with orchestra, but the only authentic score—unpublished, and full of copyist’s misinterpretations—contains only part of the work: the introduction, theme, variation 1, variation 2, variation 4 (over which the copyist has tried to write the solo part of variation 3, but has given up at the point where it no longer fits, after which the solo part is entirely absent from the score), the first nineteen bars of variation 3 which then leaps to the parallel passage at bar 76 of the finale—designated in the tracking as ‘Finale (part 2)’—continuing to the end.

It seems unlikely that this score was the basis for any performance that Liszt gave, but, lacking any other contemporary orchestral source material, it must serve us for all the music it contains. In accordance with Liszt’s published indications but employing the partial score the work has been prepared for this recording and for publication in the following wise: the extant orchestral score has been followed even where it differs from the published piano version, the solo part being adapted to agree with it (bars 14 and 37 are not in the original version, and there are many discrepancies over rhythm, especially in the matter of double-dotted notes), and the orchestration has been completed where necessary, taking Liszt’s published indications as a basis. The completion of the orchestration of variation 3 was supplied by repeating the analogous bars; the piano part was adapted or eliminated in places where it doubled the orchestra, also following Liszt’s published instructions where they are available. Mirroring the slight orchestral accompaniment of the Herz variation, some accompaniment was provided for Czerny’s variation; clearly, Chopin’s variation—balancing the unaccompanied Thalberg variation—required no accompaniment at all.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1998

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Details for CDA67401/2 disc 2 track 26
Finale part 2: Allegro animato
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ISRC
GB-AJY-98-40226
Duration
1'57
Recording date
1 July 1998
Recording venue
Budapest Studios of Hungarian Radio, Hungary
Recording producer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 96 Track 26
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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