Notes and Editorial Reviews
A reconstruction of Liszt's sketches on popular Hungarian themes makes up Volume 52 of Leslie Howard's survey of the complete piano music. The manuscripts, part of the Richard Wagner Museum in Bayreuth, date from the mid-1800s. Liszt wrote out the first part; the rest of the volume was finished by Ede Remenyi and dedicated to the master.
Where Liszt's workbooks fail to write out much of the music--the composer leaves few markings as to tempo, dynamics, or sometimes even notes--Howard has supplied the pianistic gumption to make these melodies come alive. The result is light and entertaining, though undoubtedly lacking the frisson that an actual Hungarian ensemble would bring to these tunes.
Recommended for Liszt enthusiasts and, by
virtue of the notes' focus on the provenance of the traditional melodies, Hungarian ethnomusicologists. Read less
Works on This Recording
Ungarischer Romanzero, S 241a by Franz Liszt
Leslie Howard (Piano)
Date of Recording: 12/1997
Length: 58 Minutes 55 Secs.
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