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Track(s) taken from CDA66571/2

Feierlicher Marsch zum heiligen Gral aus dem Bühnenweihfestspiel Parsifal, S450

1883; Parsifal

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: August 1991
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: May 1992
Total duration: 7 minutes 48 seconds

Cover artwork: Scene I of Wagner's Das Rheingold (1876) by Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904)


'There are riches galore here … Howard, as with every volume so far, brings to the recording studio the excitement of a live performance while never neglecting or unduly emphasising the poetry and sentiment' (CDReview)
The Parsifal transcription is surely the strangest. Liszt does not really follow Wagner at all closely. It is as if he were recalling the march in a dream. Liszt’s harmony is a lot less comforting than Wagner’s, and there is no positive conclusion. As in so many of Liszt’s later works, there remains only a desolate silence.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1992

La transcription de Parsifal est sans nul doute la plus étrange. En fait, Liszt n’y suit pas la musique de Wagner de près. Il semble se rappeler la marche comme dans un rêve. L’harmonie de Liszt est bien moins rassurante que celle de Wagner, et il n’y a pas de conclusion positive. Ainsi que c’est le cas dans de si nombreuses des dernières œuvres de Liszt, il ne reste qu’un silence morne et désolé.

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 1992
Français: Hypérion

Die Parsifal-Transkription ist gewiß die eigenartigste von allen. Liszt hält sich darin nicht sonderlich genau an Wagner. Es hat den Anschein, als würde er sich des Gralsmarsches im Traum erinnern. Liszts Harmonik ist erheblich weniger tröstlich als die von Wagner, und es kommt nicht zu einem positiven Abschluß. Wie bei sovielen Spätwerken Liszts bleibt nichts zurück als trostlose Stille.

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 1992
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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