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Track(s) taken from CDA67810

Magnificat, S182a

1862; first version of Alleluia, S183/1

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: April 2009
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Rachel Smith
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: January 2011
Total duration: 4 minutes 9 seconds

Cover artwork: Portrait of Franz Liszt by Albert Eichhorn (1811-1851)
Private Collection / Roger-Viollet, Paris / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'As always, Howard's annotations reveal a high level of detective work, musical insight and scholarship without pedantry' (Gramophone)

'These CDs, the 98th and 99th in Leslie Howard's epic Liszt series, amount to something more than the latest necessary purchase for completists: indeed this latest batch of previously unknown or long-forgotten items assembles into a pleasingly comprehensive musical portrait … to all this Howard brings his by now happily familiar way with Liszt's idiom. As ever, he beautifully allows the composer's spontaneous, improvisatory streak to speak as naturally as it likes, and needs to … memo to fellow-Lisztians: don't hesitate' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The dedicated and industrious Leslie Howard continues to supplement his monumental complete recording of Liszt's piano music … throughout, Howard's fine feeling for colour and superb rhythmical sense abounds … intriguing new material is presented with the discernment and sympathy which have become the hallmark of Howard's Liszt series' (International Record Review)

'An extraordinary tour de force of pianism, musical detective work and scholarship, well recorded and impeccably annotated as always. It honours Liszt's memory in the best possible way by illustrating his many-faceted genius' (Classic FM Magazine)
The MS of the Magnificat is the first draft of the imposing piece later called Alleluia (S183/1—in volume 7 of the Liszt series), and remains unpublished. Liszt actually marks it ‘gilt nicht’ (not valid), but it is interesting to compare this work with the slightly more complicated final version.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 2011

Le manuscrit du Magnificat est l’ébauche de l’imposante pièce qu’on appellera Alleluia (S183/1—dans le volume 7 de cette série) et qui demeure inédite. Liszt a beau avoir marqué ces pages d’un «gilt nicht» (pas valable), il est intéressant de les comparer à la version finale, un peu plus complexe.

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Das Manuskript des Magnificat ist die erste Skizze des eindrucksvollen Werks, das später den Titel Alleluia (S183/1—s. Vol. 7 der Liszt-Reihe) bekam und ist nach wie vor unveröffentlicht. Liszt fügte sogar den Kommentar „gilt nicht“ an, doch ist es interessant, dieses Werk mit der etwas komplexeren endgültigen Version zu vergleichen.

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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