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Track(s) taken from CDA67810

Wilde Jagd – Scherzo, S176a

1851; first version of Scherzo und Marsch

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: 16 minutes 2 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 Wilde Jagd: Scherzo is dated Eilsen, second week of January 1851. Although it is clearly an earlier version of the Scherzo und Marsch, it is a rather longer piece. The MS shows a number of later alterations in preparation for the published work, but these have been ignored here in order to present the complete original text. In any case, there must have been a definitive MS of the Scherzo und Marsch (whereabouts presently unknown) containing all of the alterations merely commenced in the present work. The first part of the title (‘Wild Hunt’) was, of course, transferred by Liszt later in 1851 to the eighth of the Études d’exécution transcendante. It is not clear when the few extra bars at the coda (the final flourish) were added—they are not the same as those in the later version, so they are included here. The piece was published for the first time in the Liszt Society Journal in 2009.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 2011

Le manuscrit de Wilde Jagd: Scherzo est daté Eilsen, deuxième semaine de janvier 1851. Malgré sa relative longueur, il constitue manifestement une version antérieure du Scherzo und Marsch. Il présente plusieurs altérations ultérieures, opérées en vue de la publication, mais on les a ignorées pour présenter le texte original complet. Quoi qu’il en soit, il doit exister un manuscrit définitif du Scherzo und Marsch (on ignore encore où) avec l’ensemble des modifications tout juste entamées ici. La première partie du titre («Chasse sauvage») fut, bien sûr, appliquée par Liszt à la huitième de ses Études d’exécution transcendante, en 1851. On ne sait pas au juste quand les quelques mesures supplémentaires furent ajoutées à la coda (fioriture finale)—ce ne sont pas celles de la version postérieure, d’où leur inclusion ici. Cette pièce fut publiée pour la première fois en 2009 dans le Liszt Society Journal.

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

Das Manuskript der Wilden Jagd: Scherzo ist auf Eilsen, zweite Woche im Januar 1851 datiert. Obwohl es sich hier offensichtlich um eine frühere Version des Scherzos und Marsch handelt, ist dies jedoch ein deutlich längeres Werk. Im Manuskript sind mehrere Änderungen in Vorbereitung auf die Druckversion verzeichnet, doch sind diese hier ignoriert, worden um den vollständigen, ursprünglichen Notentext zu präsentieren. Es muss jedoch ein definitives Manuskript des Scherzos und Marsch existiert haben (das zurzeit nicht auffindbar ist), in dem alle Veränderungen eingearbeitet sind, die in dem vorliegenden Werk erst angefangen wurden. Liszt verwendete den ersten Teil des Titels, „Wilde Jagd“, später, im Jahr 1851, bekanntermaßen auch für seine 8. Transzendentaletüde. Es ist unklar, wann die extra Takte der Coda (die letzte Figur) hinzugefügt wurden—sie unterscheiden sich von denjenigen in der späteren Version und liegen deshalb hier vor. Das Stück wurde erstmals 2009 durch das Liszt Society Journal herausgegeben.

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

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