Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 39 - Première année de pèlerinage

Liszt's Années de pèlerinage, première année—Suisse ('Years of Travel, First Year—Switzerland') stands as one of the most important productions from his Weimar years—the years of his real coming of age as a composer of international stature—and begins, appropriately, with homage to Switzerland's most famous legend: Chapelle de Guillaume Tell ('William Tell's chapel').

Although not explicitly specified as such by Liszt, the Trois Morceaux suisses are in effect a supplement to the Première année (along the lines of the supplement Liszt specifies for the Italian collection). The three works are arrangements of themes by other composers who have endeavoured to capture the atmosphere of the Swiss herdsman's song.

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‘In Trois Morceaux Suisses, which he likens in his scholarly and informative notes to a garland of encores, he powers and swashbuckles his way through a wild assortment of exuberant obstacles’ (Gramop ...
‘Warmly recommended’ (Fanfare, USA)