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Ouverture du Roi Lear de Hector Berlioz, S474

1831; Roi Lear, Op 4

The King Lear Overture is a special case: although we have some correspondence between Liszt and Berlioz on the subject, it remains unclear why the transcription remained unpublished and, as far as we know, unperformed. The British Liszt Society published the work in 1987, and the present writer gave the first performance in modern times at the Wigmore Hall in the same year. It is clear that Berlioz made a few changes to the score before it was published—but after Liszt’s transcription had been made—and these have been incorporated in this performance.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1989


Liszt: Complete Piano Music
CDS44501/9899CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 5 - Saint-Saëns, Chopin & Berlioz Transcriptions


Track 12 on CDA66346 [16'23]
Track 12 on CDS44501/98 CD52 [16'23] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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