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Track(s) taken from CDA66811/2

Festpolonaise, S230a


Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: October 1992
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: July 1994
Total duration: 4 minutes 6 seconds


'A distinguished addition to one of the most important recording projects of the CD era' (Fanfare, USA)

'Gorgeous stuff!' (CDReview)
The Festpolonaise was formerly catalogued as an arrangement of a work Liszt wrote for piano duet, but the dates on the MSs show the solo version to antedate the duet by one day. A far cry from the two grand Polonaises in C minor and E major, and not yet in the austere world of the St Stanislaus Polonaises, this modest work is very old-fashioned and stately in its demeanour.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1994

La Festpolonaise fut initialement archivée comme l’arrangement d’une pièce à quatre mains, mais les dates incrites sur le manuscrit révèlent que la version solo a été en fait écrite avant le morceau à quatre mains. Très différente des deux grandes Polonaises en do mineur et mi majeur, mais néanmoins encore lointaine de l’univers austère des Polonaises de St Stanislaus, cette œuvre modeste est très surannée et très majestueuse dans son allure.

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 1994
Français: Béatrice Lesade

Die Festpolonaise stand vordem im Werkeverzeichnis als Transkription eines von Liszt verfaßten vierhändigen Klavierstücks, aber die auf den Manuskripten angegebenen Daten zeigen, daß die Solofassung einen Tag früher als die Duettfassung entstand. Dieses bescheidene, sehr altmodisch und würdevoll anmutende Werk befindet sich in beträchtlicher Distanz zu den zwei großen Polonaisen in c-moll und E-Dur und noch nicht in der schmucklosen Welt der St Stanislaus-Polonaisen.

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 1994
Deutsch: Angelika Malbert

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