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Liszt: Complete Music for Solo Piano Vol 21 / Leslie Howard

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Soirées musicales (12), transcription for piano (after Rossini), S. 424 (LW A36)
>Liszt, Franz : Soirées italiennes (6), transcription ("amusements") for piano (after Mercadante), S. 411 (LW A47)
>Liszt, Franz : Nuits d'été à Pausilippe (3), transcription for piano (after Donizetti), S. 399 (LW A44)
>Liszt, Franz : Petrarch Sonnets I (3), for piano, S.158 (LW A102)
>Liszt, Franz : Venezia e Napoli I (3), for piano, S. 159 (LW A53)
>Liszt, Franz : La serenata et L'orgia (I & II), grande fantaisie sur des motifs Soirées Musicales (after Rossini),
>Liszt, Franz : La pastorella dell'Alpi' e Li marinari, 2me fantaisie sur des motifs Soirées Musicales, for piano (a
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Notes & Reviews:

'The charm of Donizetti's 'Nuits d'été à Pausilippe' makes one grateful for their rescue by Liszt and by Howard' (Classic CD)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The two discs comprising Vol 21 of Howard's enormous cycle remind us of the young Liszt's love affair with Italy, the spotlight now falling primarily-on frolics with Rossini, Mercadante and Donizetti in lighter, lyrical vein. The special interest of the two original sets of pieces included, i.e. the three Sonetti del Petrarca and the four Veneziae Napoli, is that Howard introduces them as first written (c1839 and 1840 respectively) before Liszt's characteristically painstaking later revisions.

There's much to enjoy in the playing itself, especially in simpler contexts when gondolas glide through calm waters, or lovers dream, or shepherds dance. Melody, so important throughout, is nicely sung.



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>Liszt, Franz : Soirées musicales (12), transcription for piano (after Rossini), S. 424 (LW A36)
  • Performer: Leslie Howard (Piano)
  • Notes: 12/29/1991/12/30/1991
  • Running Time: 50 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Liszt, Franz : Soirées italiennes (6), transcription ("amusements") for piano (after Mercadante), S. 411 (LW A47)
  • Performer: Leslie Howard (Piano)
  • Notes: 12/29/1991/12/30/1991
  • Running Time: 26 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Liszt, Franz : Nuits d'été à Pausilippe (3), transcription for piano (after Donizetti), S. 399 (LW A44)
  • Performer: Leslie Howard (Piano)
  • Notes: 12/29/1991/12/30/1991
  • Running Time: 12 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Liszt, Franz : Petrarch Sonnets I (3), for piano, S.158 (LW A102)
  • Performer: Leslie Howard (Piano)
  • Notes: 12/29/1991/12/30/1991
  • Running Time: 18 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1845

>Liszt, Franz : Venezia e Napoli I (3), for piano, S. 159 (LW A53)
  • Performer: Leslie Howard (Piano)
  • Notes: 12/29/1991/12/30/1991
  • Running Time: 23 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Liszt, Franz : La serenata et L'orgia (I & II), grande fantaisie sur des motifs Soirées Musicales (after Rossini),
  • Performer: Leslie Howard (Piano)
  • Notes: 12/29/1991/12/30/1991
  • Running Time: 12 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1836-1840

>Liszt, Franz : La pastorella dell'Alpi' e Li marinari, 2me fantaisie sur des motifs Soirées Musicales, for piano (a
  • Performer: Leslie Howard (Piano)
  • Notes: 12/29/1991/12/30/1991
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1836