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Track(s) taken from CDA66346

Ouverture du Roi Lear de Hector Berlioz, S474

1831; Roi Lear, Op 4

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: January 1989
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: February 1990
Total duration: 16 minutes 23 seconds

Cover artwork: King Lear weeping over the dead body of Cordelia (1788) by James Barry (1741-1806)


'I can wholly recommend this release to lovers of Liszt since it presents much music that is otherwise unavailable' (Gramophone)
The King Lear Overture is a special case: although we have some correspondence between Liszt and Berlioz on the subject, it remains unclear why the transcription remained unpublished and, as far as we know, unperformed. The British Liszt Society published the work in 1987, and the present writer gave the first performance in modern times at the Wigmore Hall in the same year. It is clear that Berlioz made a few changes to the score before it was published—but after Liszt’s transcription had been made—and these have been incorporated in this performance.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1989

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