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Mazeppa, S138
composer
1840; intermediate version

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 48 – The Complete Paganini Études' (CDA67193)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 48 – The Complete Paganini Études
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67193 
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
Buy by post £200.00 CDS44501/98  99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
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Track 16 on CDA67193 [7'00]
Track 16 on CDS44501/98 CD5 [7'00] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Mazeppa, S138
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Mazeppa is easily recognized as the immediate precursor of the fourth of the Transcendental Studies, and of the later symphonic poem. It is a slightly reworked version of the fourth of the Douze Grandes Études where it bore no title. Now, with a new introduction and coda (and, in the present performance, taking the opportunity to present Liszt’s ossia text for all passages where he provides one) the work takes on a programme: the career of the hero of Hugo’s poem—itself a homage to Byron’s—describing the wild ride of Mazeppa tied to a galloping horse and surviving in triumph.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1998

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