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Liebesträume – 3 Notturnos für das Pianoforte, S541
composer
circa 1850

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 19 – Liebesträume & the Songbooks' (CDA66593)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 19 – Liebesträume & the Songbooks
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'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)  
'Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings' (APR7501)
Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings
APR7501  Download only  
'Bartlett & Robertson – Selected recordings, 1927-1947' (APR6012)
Bartlett & Robertson – Selected recordings, 1927-1947
APR6012  for the price of 1 — Download only  
'Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings' (APR7502)
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
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'Louis Kentner – The pioneering Liszt recordings, Vol. 2' (APR5614)
Louis Kentner – The pioneering Liszt recordings, Vol. 2
APR5614  Download only  
'Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings' (APR7503)
Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings
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'The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus' (APR5534)
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus
APR5534  Download only  
'Liszt: Piano Music' (LISZT1)
Liszt: Piano Music
LISZT1  2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
Details
No 1: Hohe Liebe
Track 1 on CDA66593 [5'44]
Track 1 on CDS44501/98 CD24 [5'44] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 2: Seliger Tod
Track 2 on CDA66593 [4'04]
Track 2 on CDS44501/98 CD24 [4'04] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 3: O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst!
Track 23 on APR5534 [3'41] Download only
Track 7 on APR5614 [4'40] Download only
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Track 2 on APR6012 CD2 [3'59] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 2 on APR7501 CD2 [4'38] Download only
Track 22 on APR7501 CD3 [4'34] Download only
Track 1 on APR7502 CD2 [4'40] Download only
Track 5 on APR7503 CD3 [3'53] Download only
Track 3 on CDA66593 [4'06]
Track 3 on CDS44501/98 CD24 [4'06] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 12 on LISZT1 CD2 [4'06] 2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Liebesträume – 3 Notturnos für das Pianoforte, S541
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It is probably only just that the best known work of the greatest transcriber in the history of Western music should be a transcription, but fortunate, at least, that it should be a transcription of one of his own works. The third of the Liebesträume, often quite erroneously entitled ‘Liebestraum No 3’ (the plural applies to each piece), is one of the world’s most treasured melodies, and it has been the piano transcription, rather than the equally splendid original song, that has claimed a permanent place on the short-list of best love-inspired themes. But all three pieces are characterised by generous melodic lines, and they work very well as a group—as do the original songs. Each piece bears the title ‘Notturno’, and the subtitle—the song title, in fact—and the full text of the song follow. As a triptych, the Liebesträume invite comparison with the three settings of Petrarch sonnets, which also became better known as piano pieces. (In this series of recordings those transcriptions will appear in due course in both versions.) For the German songs, however, Liszt used two different poets: Ludwig Uhland’s Hohe Liebe speaks of the heaven on earth that has come from being drunk in the arms of love, and his Seliger Tod (the piece has often been known by the poem’s first line: ‘Gestorben war ich’) makes the conceit of love being a happy death awakened by a kiss, while Ferdinand Freiligrath’s O Lieb! enjoins us to love whilst we may, for love lost is miserable. (There is an earlier piano piece based on the second of these songs which will appear later in this series, and a later echo of it in the second of the Meyendorff Klavierstücke, which has already been recorded on volume 11: Late Pieces.)

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1992

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Details for APR5534 track 23
No 3: O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst!
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ISRC
GB-SAM-06-53423
Duration
3'41
Recording date
19 October 1908
Recording venue
London, United Kingdom
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  1. The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus (APR5534)
    Disc 1 Track 23
    Release date: October 2006
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