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Ballade No 1 Le chant du croisé – Première Ballade, S170
composer
1845/8; in D flat major

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
MP3 £5.25FLAC £5.25ALAC £5.25Buy by post £5.25 CDA66301  Please, someone, buy me …  
'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)  
Details
Track 3 on CDA67085 [6'53]
Track 1 on CDA66301 [7'25] Please, someone, buy me …
Track 1 on CDS44501/98 CD12 [7'25] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Ballade No 1 Le chant du croisé – Première Ballade, S170
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Composed between 1845 and 1848 (i.e., before Chopin’s death), the Ballade No 1 is a sadly underrated work. The subtitle ‘Le chant du croisé’ (‘croisé’ means ‘crusader’ rather than ‘cross’) suggests an underlying narrative that Liszt declined to elaborate further, but the work is an evocation of the period of the Crusades (which given Liszt’s Catholicism is an apt subject). The initial rising motif alludes strongly to the opening of Chopin’s First Ballade, a debt that must have been conscious on Liszt’s part, while the answering idea is a scherzo-like gesture that seems to confirm the key of D major. The main body of the work, however, is cast as a set of character variations on the crusader’s ‘song’ in D flat major, with a joyfully heroic march as a middle section, replete with ‘rapido con bravura’ scales and other virtuoso intricacies.

from notes by Tim Parry © 2000

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Details for CDA66301 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-30101
Duration
7'25
Recording date
10 February 1988
Recording venue
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 2 – Ballades, Legends & Polonaises (CDA66301)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: October 1988
    Please, someone, buy me …
  2. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 12 Track 1
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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