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Track(s) taken from CDA66954/6

Ständchen 'Leise flehen' – Lied von Fr. Schubert, S560/7a

circa 1880; fourth version; for Lina Ramann

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: June 1994
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: April 1995
Total duration: 6 minutes 55 seconds


'His idiomatic grasp and utter reliability remain as admirable as in earlier instalments. Excellent sonics and informative notes by the performer' (American Record Guide)

'These discs not only bear moving witness to Howard's devotion to Liszt, and Liszt's devotion to Schubert, but also offer a wealth of insight into both composers' (Classic CD)

'Other performers should be inspired to include this repertoire in their programs after hearing Howard's persuasive presentation' (Piano & Keyboard)
Here are Liszt’s last thoughts on Ständchen (‘Leise flehen meine Lieder’) (‘Serenade—Gently imploring go my songs’, D957/4) from Schwanengesang, effectively his fourth version of it—he had first issued a transcription of it long before he set about preparing the whole of the collection, effectively in two complete versions. In his last years he added to the second version a new cadenza at the coda for his student and biographer, Lina Ramann, further underlining the sense of the closing lines: ‘Bebend harr ich dir entgegen! Komm, beglücke mich!’ (‘Trembling, I await your approach! Come, bring me joy!’).

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1995

Voici les dernières pensées de Liszt sur Ständchen—Leise flehen meine Lieder («Sérénade—Doucement suppliants sont mes chants»), D957/4, tiré de Schwanengesang, qui est en réalité la quatrième version par Liszt—dont il avait d’abord publié une transcription, bien avant qu’il ne se mette à préparer toute la collection, donnant comme résultat deux versions complètes. Au cours de ses dernières années, il ajouta, dans la seconde version, une nouvelle cadence à la coda pour son étudiante et biographe, Lina Ramann, soulignant plus loin le sens des dernières phrases: «Bebend harr ich dir entgegen! Komm, beglücke mich!» («Tremblant, j’attends ton approche! Viens, apporte-moi la joie!»).

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 1995
Français: Catherine Loridan

Liszts letzte Einfalle zum Ständchen „Leise flehen meine Lieder“ (D957/4) aus dem Schwanengesang, das effektiv Liszts vierte Version dieses Stückes ist—Liszt hatte lange bevor er daran ging, die ganze Sammlung vorzubereiten, eine Transkription dieses Liedes herausgegeben—effektiv in zwei vollständigen Fassungen. Während seiner letzten Lebensjahre fugte er für seine Schülerin Lina Ramann der Koda der zweiten Fassung eine neue Kadenz hinzu, durch welche der Sinngehalt der Schlußzeilen; „Bebend harr ich dir entgegen! Komm, beglücke mich!“ noch stärker betont wird.

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 1995
Deutsch: Angelika Malbert

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