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Track(s) taken from CDA67810

Album-Leaf 'Andantino in A flat major', S166p


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: 1 minutes 28 seconds

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


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'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 Album-Leaf in A flat major S166p and the Album-Leaf in G major S166q came to light at an auction in 2004, where the present writer managed to copy them before they were sold, in the case of the A flat piece not to surface since, whereas the G major piece is now in the possession of the Istituto Liszt in Bologna. The A flat piece was the only music in a private album, otherwise empty, the second was on a small folio enclosed within the first, and alongside a loose programme of a Liszt recital in Kiev in February 1847. The A flat piece is very similar to the middle section of the second of the Glanes de Woronince (see volume 27), and is upon the same melody that Chopin used in the song The Maiden’s Wish, which was itself later transcribed by Liszt (see volume 5).

from notes by Leslie Howard © 2011

La Feuille d’album en la bémol majeur S166p et la Feuille d’album en sol majeur S166q ont refait surface en 2004, lors d’une vente aux enchères où le présent auteur a pu les copier avant leur cession—celle en la bémol n’est pas réapparue depuis, celle en sol majeur est désormais la propriété de l’Instituto Liszt de Bologne. La première était l’unique musique notée dans un album privé, par ailleurs vierge; la seconde se trouvait sur un petit folio joint à la première, avec un vague programme de récital donné par Liszt à Kiev, en février 1847. La pièce en la bémol ressemble fort à la section centrale de la deuxième des Glanes de Woronince (cf. volume 27) et repose sur la mélodie utilisée par Chopin dans Le Souhait de la jeune fille, un chant que Liszt transcrira par la suite (cf. volume 5).

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

Das Albumblatt in As-Dur S166p sowie das Albumblatt in G-Dur S166q traten 2004 bei einer Auktion zutage, bei der der Autor dieses Texts sie vor der Versteigerung kopieren konnte. Das Stück in As-Dur ist seitdem nicht mehr aufgetaucht, während sich das Werk in G-Dur nun im Besitz des Istituto Liszt in Bologna befindet. Das As-Dur-Stück war das Einzige in einem privaten Album, das sonst leer war, und das zweite befand sich auf einem kleinen Blatt, das dem ersten zusammen mit einem losen Programm eines Klavierabends von Liszt in Kiew im Februar 1847 beilag. Das As-Dur-Stück erinnert sehr an den Mittelteil des zweiten Stücks der Glanes de Woronince (s. Vol. 27) und fußt auf derselben Melodie, die Chopin in dem Lied Des Mädchens Wunsch verwendete, das Liszt später transkribierte (s. Vol. 5).

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

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