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Track(s) taken from CDA67810

Variations 'Tiszántuli szép léany', S384a


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: 2 minutes 32 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 Variations ‘Tiszántuli szép léany’ are mentioned in several catalogues, but there is little evidence of Liszt’s hand in the composition, which exists only in a copyist’s copy, which itself contains a number of amateurish slips of the pen. It seems more likely to be the work of a friend, whom Liszt may have helped, much as he did in the case of a number of compositions by his Hungarian friends. The score is headed: ‘Változatok “Tiszántuli szép léany” cimu Pal Feleti—Liszt Ferencrol’ (‘Variations “Pretty girl from Tisza district”, copied by Feleti Pal—by Ferenc Liszt’).

from notes by Leslie Howard © 2011

Les Variations «Tiszántuli szép léany» sont mentionnées dans plusieurs catalogues, mais peu de preuves attestent qu’elles sont bien de la main de Liszt—nous ne disposons que d’un exemplaire de copiste, où figurent plusieurs lapsus calami d’amateur. C’est plus probablement l’œuvre d’un ami auquel Liszt a pu prêter main-forte, comme il lui arriva plusieurs fois de le faire pour des amis hongrois. La partition est intitulée «Változatok “Tiszántuli szép léany” cimu Pal Feleti—Liszt Ferencrol» («Variations “Jolie fille du district de Tisza”, copiées par Feleti Pal—par Ferenc Liszt»).

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

Die Variationen über „Tiszántuli szép léany“ sind in mehreren Katalogen aufgeführt, doch ist Liszts Feder in der Komposition kaum festzustellen, die nur als Kopie eines Kopisten überliefert ist und mehrere amateurhafte Flüchtigkeitsfehler aufweist. Wahrscheinlich handelt es sich hierbei um das Werk eines Freundes, dem Liszt möglicherweise geholfen hatte, wie er es bei mehreren Kompositionen seiner ungarischen Freunde getan hatte. Die Partitur trägt den Titel: „Változatok ‚Tiszántuli szép léany’ cimu Pal Feleti—Liszt Ferencrol“ („Variationen über das ‚Schöne Mädchen aus der Theiß-Gegend’, kopiert von Feleti Pal—von Ferenc Liszt“).

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

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