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Marche des pèlerins chantant la prière du soir de la Symphonie d'Harold [en Italie] composée par Berlioz, S473i

Op 16
circa 1836/7

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: 7 minutes 40 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The Marche des pèlerins chantant la prière du soir is the unpublished first version of Liszt’s transcription for solo piano of the second movement of Berlioz’s Harold en Italie (cf the much later second version in volume 5 and the transcription for viola and piano in volume 23 of the Liszt series) and is much closer to Berlioz’s text. Later, Liszt would eliminate all the wide stretches so common in his works of the 1830s and 1840s, and would find an alternative solution to the problem of transcribing the passage where the viola accompanies a chorale—by repeating the whole passage in a varied manner.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 2011

La Marche des pèlerins chantant la prière du soir est la première version inédite de la transcription lisztienne pour piano solo du deuxième mouvement de Harold en Italie (cf. la seconde version, bien plus tardive, dans le volume 5 de notre série et, dans le volume 23, la transcription pour alto et piano) et elle est beaucoup plus proche du texte de Berlioz. Plus tard, Liszt éliminera toutes les larges envergures, si courantes dans ses œuvres des années 1830 et 1840, et il trouvera une solution de remplacement au problème de la transcription du passage où l’alto accompagne un choral—il répètera tout le passage d’une manière variée.

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

Marche des pèlerins chantant la prière du soir ist die unveröffentlichte erste Version von Liszts Soloklavier-Transkription des zweiten Satzes von Berlioz’ Harold en Italie (s.a. die sehr viel spätere zweite Version in Vol. 5 sowie die Bearbeitung für Bratsche und Klavier in Vol. 23 der Liszt-Reihe), die sehr viel näher an Berlioz’ Original gehalten ist. Später sollte Liszt die weiten Griffe, die so typisch für seine Werke der 1830er und 1840er Jahre sind, streichen und für die Passage, in der die Bratsche einen Choral begleitet, eine Alternativlösung finden—diese bestand darin, dass er die gesamte Passage in unterschiedlicher Weise wiederholte.

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

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