HARMONIES POÉTIQUES ET RELIGIEUSES
Early versions (1834-1846)
On this CD are assembled recordings of all the music belonging to the first phase of the genesis of Liszt’s cycle Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, an era until recently shrouded in mystery. After the piano piece bearing this title, composed in the summer of 1833 and influenced by Liszt’s problematic relationship with Marie d’Agoult, you will hear the first version of Hymne de l’enfant à son réveil (1840). This is followed by six compositions, also totally unknown, extracted from Sketchbook N5 in the Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv in Weimar, written by Liszt during a concert tour in Alsace-Lorraine in the autumn of 1845. The CD concludes with an early, more concise version of the composition that is generally regarded as one of the highlights of the 1847 cycle: Litanies de Marie. This demands our attention as Liszt’s first religious composition for piano. With the exception of the 1833 composition, all tracks represent first recordings.
1. Harmonies poétiques et religieuses (1833)
2. Hymne de l’enfant à son réveil (first version)
5. Bei der Musik des Prinzen L.F.
6. Dernière Illusion
8. M.K. (reconstruction: Albert Brussee)
9. Litanies de Marie (first version)
Total playing time: 70:32
“With this new release, Albert Brussee is completing an invaluable project. (…) Brussee’s Liszt discoveries offer the listener the choice of going along with these earlier versions or choosing for Liszt’s definitive formulation. Brussee makes this choice all the more difficult for the listener on account of his meticulous and devoted CD recording of the hand-written manuscripts that have only recently been published. Evidently these earlier versions are sufficiently inspiring to urge an interpreter to deliver such a well thought-out and conscientious presentation.”
Christo Lelie, Piano Bulletin 2001-3. (Translated from the Dutch)
AVAILABILITY AND PRICE
This CD (2001 release) is now available only via AB Music Productions & Editions. Reduced price: € 16.50. The individual tracks can be downloaded on iTunes.