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Réminiscences de La juive – Fantaisie brillante sur des motifs de l'opéra de Halévy, S409a
composer
1835
composer
1834/5; La juive

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 50 – Liszt at the Opera V' (CDA67231/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 50 – Liszt at the Opera V
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
MP3 £160.00FLAC £160.00ALAC £160.00Buy by post £200.00 CDS44501/98  99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
'Stephen Hough's French Album' (CDA67890)
Stephen Hough's French Album
Details
Track 5 on CDA67231/2 CD1 [14'28] 2CDs
Track 5 on CDS44501/98 CD45 [14'28] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Réminiscences de La juive – Fantaisie brillante sur des motifs de l'opéra de Halévy, S409a
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As he did so often in the early fantasies, Liszt composed his piano work within the year of the first performance of Halévy’s most celebrated work La juive. Using motifs from Acts 3 and 5, Liszt produced a work of much originality; the shape of the opening Molto allegro feroce is entirely his, even if the thematic fragments are Halévy’s, and it is not until the recognizable martial chorus (Marziale molto animato, from bar 131) that he uses a whole theme. The succeeding Boléro is only loosely based on Halévy, but is the theme for two variations. The Finale (Presto agitato assai) begins as if it were a third variation but gives way to frenetically foreshortened recollections of the march and the introductory material. The ferocious opening foreshadows the ‘infernal’ music of Liszt’s Weimar period, but also shows immediate kinship with the Valse infernale from Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable, with which the La juive fantasy was reissued—along with the Huguenots fantasy and the Don Giovanni fantasy—in about 1842.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1998

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