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Deux Polonaises, S223
composer
1851

Recordings
'Liszt: Sonata, Ballades & Polonaises' (CDA67085)
Liszt: Sonata, Ballades & Polonaises
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 2 – Ballades, Legends & Polonaises' (CDA66301)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 2 – Ballades, Legends & Polonaises
'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)  
'Arthur de Greef – Solo and concerto recordings' (APR7401)
Arthur de Greef – Solo and concerto recordings
MP3 £15.49FLAC £15.49ALAC £15.49 APR7401  Download only  
'Moura Lympany – The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952' (APR6011)
Moura Lympany – The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 APR6011  for the price of 1 — Download only  
'Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings' (APR7501)
Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings
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'The Stephen Hough Piano Collection' (HOUGH1)
The Stephen Hough Piano Collection
Buy by post £4.50 This album is not yet available for download HOUGH1  Super-budget price sampler  
Details
No 1: Polonaise mélancolique in C minor
Track 8 on CDA66301 [11'11]
Track 8 on CDS44501/98 CD12 [11'11] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 2: Polonaise in E major
Track 2 on CDA67085 [8'55]
Track 11 on HOUGH1 [8'55] Super-budget price sampler
Track 9 on CDA66301 [8'23]
Track 9 on CDS44501/98 CD12 [8'23] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 18 on APR7501 CD1 [8'40] Download only
Track 20 on APR6011 CD1 [8'16] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 10 on APR7401 CD2 [8'51] Download only

Deux Polonaises, S223
The two Polonaises recall Chopin, but only for the titles; the epic spread of the first one, in particular, has no equivalent in the Polish composer’s canon, and there is a ceremonial feeling to the second which brings other non-Polish Polonaises to mind, such as those of Beethoven, Schubert or Tchaikovsky. The C minor piece, entitled ‘mélancolique’ by Liszt, though most editions omit to mention it, has remained rather sadly neglected, but it is an excellent work of its kind, seeming to bear the woes of the whole world on its shoulders. Even the contrasting major-key tune fails to alleviate the gloom, which is confirmed by a very strange meditative cadenza in which the pulse changes to 4/4 and the dance-style of the Polonaise becomes a distant memory. The Second Polonaise used to be something of a warhorse: Busoni played it (and saddled it with much too long a cadenza, however interesting!), and Rachmaninov and Grainger both recorded it. A little less hackneyed nowadays, it remains a good foil for its companion, and its ingredients of two splendid themes and some really musical pyrotechnical variations make it a compelling concert-piece.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1988

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Details for HOUGH1 track 11
No 2: Polonaise in E major
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-00-08502
Duration
8'55
Recording date
9 November 1999
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Hyperion usage
  1. Liszt: Sonata, Ballades & Polonaises (CDA67085)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 2000
  2. The Stephen Hough Piano Collection (HOUGH1)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: May 2005
    Super-budget price sampler
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