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Épisode de la vie d'un artiste – Grande Symphonie fantastique par Hector Berlioz, S470
composer
1830; Op 14
arranger
1833

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 10 – Hexaméron & Symphonie fantastique' (CDA66433)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 10 – Hexaméron & Symphonie fantastique
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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Movement 1a: Rêveries. Largo
Track 13 on CDA66433 [5'03]
Track 13 on CDS44501/98 CD51 [5'03] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 1b: Passions. Allegro agitato e appassionato assai
Track 14 on CDA66433 [9'15]
Track 14 on CDS44501/98 CD51 [9'15] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 2: Un bal: Valse, Allegro non troppo
Track 15 on CDA66433 [6'42]
Track 15 on CDS44501/98 CD51 [6'42] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 3: Scène aux champs: Adagio
Track 16 on CDA66433 [13'26]
Track 16 on CDS44501/98 CD51 [13'26] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 4: Marche au supplice: Allegretto non troppo
Track 17 on CDA66433 [6'45]
Track 17 on CDS44501/98 CD51 [6'45] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 5a: Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat. Larghetto
Track 18 on CDA66433 [1'45]
Track 18 on CDS44501/98 CD51 [1'45] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 5b: Allegro assai
Track 19 on CDA66433 [0'13]
Track 19 on CDS44501/98 CD51 [0'13] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 5c: Allegro
Track 20 on CDA66433 [1'12]
Track 20 on CDS44501/98 CD51 [1'12] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 5d: Lontano. Dies irae
Track 21 on CDA66433 [2'12]
Track 21 on CDS44501/98 CD51 [2'12] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Movement 5e: Ronde du Sabbat
Track 22 on CDA66433 [4'53]
Track 22 on CDS44501/98 CD51 [4'53] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Épisode de la vie d'un artiste – Grande Symphonie fantastique par Hector Berlioz, S470
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Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique requires no introduction or apology, but things were not so in the early years of its history. Although Berlioz had a certain success with the work, it took some time before it became a repertoire piece. Publishers for the parts and score could not be found, and Liszt’s transcription represents the work’s first appearance in print. Liszt proselytised endlessly for this and many another work of his great colleague, and the transcription served to clarify many a mind confused by an inadequate orchestral performance of the piece. Schumann was obliged to fall back upon Liszt’s transcription to review the work—fortunately, Liszt supplies copious indications of the original orchestration—and this remained the only printed score until 1845. By this time, Berlioz had permitted himself a good many alterations to the original text, and it has become somewhat common for pianists to alter Liszt’s transcription correspondingly. But because, for example, there is a strikingly different passage in the second movement, it has been decided for this recording to present the transcription as it was originally published. The only solution which has to be made is towards the end of the first movement, where Liszt places on a third stave the notes which he perhaps felt that two hands might not be able to reach, but which, with very little adjustment, can actually be grafted onto the main text. The fourth movement is given here in its original transcription too, rather than the 1865 revision which was intended for separate performance, is somewhat simplified, and is extended with an introduction—a rather weak revision of Liszt’s excellent little propaganda piece: Idée fixeAndante amoroso (recorded on Volume 5, CDA66346).

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1991

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Details for CDS44501/98 disc 51 track 18
Movement 5a: Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat. Larghetto
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ISRC
GB-AJY-91-43318
Duration
1'45
Recording date
24 April 1990
Recording venue
Kimpton Parish Church, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
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  1. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 51 Track 18
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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