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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
Buy by post £10.50 CDA66593 
'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
Buy by post £22.00 APR7501  5CDs  
'Bartlett & Robertson – Selected recordings, 1927-1947' (APR6012)
Bartlett & Robertson – Selected recordings, 1927-1947
Buy by post £10.50 APR6012  2CDs for the price of 1  
'Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings' (APR7502)
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
APR7502  5CDs Download only  
'Louis Kentner – The pioneering Liszt recordings, Vol. 2' (APR5614)
Louis Kentner – The pioneering Liszt recordings, Vol. 2
Buy by post £8.50 APR5614 
'Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings' (APR7503)
Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings
Buy by post £22.00 APR7503  5CDs  
'The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus' (APR5534)
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus
Buy by post £8.50 APR5534 
'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]
Track 7 on APR5614 [4'40]
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Track 2 on APR6012 CD2 [3'59] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 2 on APR7501 CD2 [4'38] 5CDs
Track 22 on APR7501 CD3 [4'34] 5CDs
Track 1 on APR7502 CD2 [4'40] 5CDs Download only
Track 5 on APR7503 CD3 [3'53] 5CDs
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 APR7503 disc 3 track 5
No 3: O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst!
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-10-50305
Duration
3'53
Recording date
16 April 1930
Recording venue
Berlin, Germany
Recording producer
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Hyperion usage
  1. Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings (APR7503)
    Disc 3 Track 5
    Release date: December 2011
    5CDs
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