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Track(s) taken from CDA66445

Toccata, S197a

circa 1875/81

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: June 1990
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: June 1991
Total duration: 0 minutes 59 seconds

Cover artwork: Villa am Meer II (1865) by Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901)
Bayer Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Schackgalerie, Munich


'This, at last, is the comprehensive collection of late Liszt for which we've waited' (Fanfare, USA)

'Howard's performances are quite marvellous: scrupulously prepared and enlightened by this performer's high degree of spontaneity. Hyperion's recording captures every nuance' (CDReview)
The Toccata is an extraordinary little study, unusual among the late pieces for its prestissimo tempo direction and the ambiguous ‘white-note’ flavour to the harmony before the parallel chromatic movement of the closing passage.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1991

La Toccata est une extraordinaire petite étude, exceptionnelle parmi les dernières pièces pour son tempo prestissimo et l’atmosphère ambiguë de «blanches» de l’harmonie avant le mouvement parallèle chromatique du trait de conclusion.

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 1991
Français: Elisabeth Rhodes

Die Toccata ist eine ungewöhnliche kleine Etüde, die sich von den späten Stücken durch ihre Tempoanweisung prestissimo abhebt, sowie durch den zweideutigen Anflug von Diatonik vor dem parallelen chromatischen Verlauf der Schlußpassage.

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 1991
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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