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Dritter Mephisto-Walzer, S215a

1883; first draft

The original conception of the Third Mephisto-Waltz has never been published, but the comparison between this version and the work's final form is an engrossing study: the first version is almost too concise, whilst the later version is right at the edge of prolixity. Both contain a reflective musing passage – risking the loss of the waltz character in an excursion into 4/4 time – and both deliberately exploit an uneasy fluctuation between D sharp minor (the unusual key of the piece) and F sharp major (its more comfortable relation).

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1999

La conception originale de la Troisième Mephisto-Waltz n’a jamais été publiée, mais la comparaison entre cette version et la forme finale de l’œuvre est une étude absorbante: la première version est presque trop concise, cependant que la seconde frôle la prolixité. Toutes deux comportent un passage réfléchi, songeur – risquant de perdre le caractère de valse dans une excursion à 4/4 – et exploitent délibérément une fluctuation malaisée entre ré dièse mineur (la tonalité insolite de cette pièce) et fa dièse majeur (sa parente, plus aisée).

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 1999
Français: Hypérion

Das ursprüngliche Konzept des Dritten Mephisto-Walzers ist nie veröffentlicht worden, aber der Vergleich zwischen dieser Version und der Fassung letzter Hand ist eine fesselnde Untersuchung: Die erste Fassung ist fast zu knapp, während sich die spätere Version am Rande der Weitschweifigkeit bewegt. Beide enthalten einen nachdenklichen, grüblerischen Abschnitt – durch einen Exkurs in den 4/4-Takt wird der Verlust des Walzercharakters riskiert – und beide nutzen bewußt eine unruhige Schwankung zwischen dis-Moll (der ungewöhnlichen Tonart des Stückes) und Fis-Dur (seiner angenehmeren Paralleltonart).

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 1999
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller


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Track-specific metadata for CDA67414/7 disc 4 track 13

Recording date
1 December 1998
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
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  1. Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 56 – Rarities, Curiosities, Album Leaves and Fragments (CDA67414/7)
    Disc 4 Track 13
    Release date: August 1999
    4CDs for the price of 3 — Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 88 Track 13
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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