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Track(s) taken from CDA66787

La Marseillaise, S237

circa 1872

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: April 1993
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: April 1994
Total duration: 5 minutes 11 seconds

Cover artwork: The Relief of the Siege of Vienna (detail) (Anonymous Austrian 17th century).
Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna


'Yet another instalment in what is looming as the most ambitious and splendidly realized recording project of the century which cannot fail to delight and move. Enthusiastically recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'An entertaining programme … providing the perfect vehicle for Leslie Howard's enthusiastic, colourful playing. His scholarship, as revealed in the liner notes, is remarkable, the recording first class' (CDReview)
At the age of eighteen Liszt intended to use the theme of La Marseillaise in his projected Revolutionary Symphony; during his Weimar years a phrase from it is used to startling effect in perhaps the finest of his symphonic poems, Heroïde-Funèbre, but it was only in his post-Weimar period that Liszt finally produced a work which gives the theme its full due. This piano version, with its daring harmonies and heartfelt enthusiasm, stands comfortable comparison with the version for chorus and orchestra made by Berlioz.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1994

À l’âge de dix-huit ans, Liszt avait l’intention d’utiliser le thème de La Marseillaise dans son projet de Symphonie révolutionnaire; pendant ses années de Weimar, il utilisa une phrase tirée de cet hymne pour créer un effet saisissant dans ce qui fut peut-être son plus beau poème symphonique, Héroïde-Funèbre, mais ce ne fut que pendant sa période d’après Weimar que Liszt produisit finalement une œuvre faisant vraiment honneur au thème. Avec ses harmonies téméraires et son enthousiasme sincère, cette version pour piano soutient la comparaison avec la version pour chœur et orchestre de Berlioz.

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 1994
Français: Jean-Luc Herin

Schon mit achtzehn Jahren beabsichtigte Liszt die Verwendung des Themas der Marseillaise in seinem Projekt Revolutionssinfonie; in seiner Weimarer Zeit erscheint eine Phrase davon mit außerordentlicher Wirkung in möglicherweise der schönsten sinfonischen Dichtung Héroïde-Funèbre, doch erst in seiner nachweimarer Zeit schuf Liszt ein Werk, das diesem Thema voll gerecht wird. Diese Klavierversion kann sich mit ihren gewagten Harmonien und ihrer aufrichtigen Begeisterung durchaus mit der Version für Chor und Orchester von Berlioz messen.

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 1994
Deutsch: Meckie Hellary

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