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Track(s) taken from CDA67034

Una stella amica – Valzer, S551

circa 1880

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: August 1995
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: July 1996
Total duration: 3 minutes 17 seconds

Cover artwork: Max-Joseph-Platz mit National-theater und Königsbau der Residenz (detail) (1839) by Heinrich Adam (1787-1862)


'Here's a winsome collection of chips from Liszt's workbench … Sound and notes are up to the high standard of the series too' (Fanfare, USA)

'This disc offers a little of everything, executed with aplomb and conviction by the champion of Liszt's piano music' (Soundscapes, Australia)

'The Liszt series has drawn forth praise from all the national music magazines, not least for the assured playing of Leslie Howard as well as the careful programming. This 1995 recording is up to the highest standards' (Essex Chronicle)
F. Pezzini (his Christian name and his dates are elusive) lived in Tivoli and became acquainted with Liszt at the Villa d’Este. He was a bandmaster (‘Capo Musica del Concerto Municipale a Roma’ is his title on the cover of Liszt’s transcription), and his Una stella amica—Valzer (‘A Friendly Star—Waltz’) was transcribed, one presumes, from a work for band. Liszt’s arrangement was published both by Manganelli and Ricordi, so there must have been some prospect of popularity in its day. It remains a pleasant and utterly unimportant trifle.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1996

On sait à ce jour que F. Pezzini (son nom de baptême et ses dates sont vagues) vécut à Tivoli et rencontra Liszt à la Villa d’Este. Il était chef de fanfare («Capo Musica del Concerto Municipale a Roma», selon le titre qui lui est attribué sur la couverture de la transcription de Liszt) et son Una stella amica—Valzer («Une étoile amicale—Valse») fut, présume-t-on, la transcription d’une œuvre pour fanfare. Publié par Manganelli et par Ricordi, l’arrangement de Liszt dut connaître, à l’époque, quelque perspective de popularité. Il demeure une bagatelle agréable, absolument sans importance.

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 1996
Français: Hypérion

Datierungsnachforschungen haben enthüllt, daß F. Pezzini (sein Vorname und seine persönlichen Daten sind nur schwer erfaßbar) in Tivoli lebte und Liszt in der Villa d’Este kennenlernte. Er war Konzertmeister (sein auf der Titelseite von Liszts Transkription angeführter offizieller Titel lautete ‘Capo Musica del Concerto Municipale a Roma’), und es besteht die allgemeine Annahme, daß sein Una stella amica—Valzer (‘Ein liebenswerter Stern—Walzer’) ursprünglich ein Stück für die Kapelle war, das später umgeschrieben wurde. Die Veröffentlichung von Liszts Transkription durch Manganelli und Ricordi deutet außerdem an, daß man sich damals von dem Stück eine gewisse Popularität erhoffte; dies ist jedoch nicht mehr als eine höchst unwichtige Lappalie.

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 1996
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt

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