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Hector Berlioz’s Harold en Italie draws both on Byron’s Childe Harold and the composer’s own experiences in Italy as winner of the Prix de Rome. Franz Liszt’s rarely heard transcription admirably encapsulates this work’s narrative dramas and landscapes, while his meditative Romance oubliée derives from an earlier song, Oh pourquoi donc. Austrian born Kurt Roger studied with Schoenberg, retaining his teacher’s contrapuntal tendencies while rejecting serial techniques for the lyricism which can be found in his Viola Sonata. Further chamber music by Kurt Roger can be heard on Naxos 8572238.
Franz Liszt: Berlioz - Harold en Italie, S472/R138
I. Harold aux montagnes
II. Marche de pelerins
IV. Orgie de brigands
Franz Liszt: Romance oubliee, S132/R467a
Romance oubliee, S132/R467a
Kurt Roger: Viola Sonata, Op. 37, "Irish Sonata"
I. Allegro energico
II. Andante molto espressivo
III. Allegro con spirito
“The Berlioz is a tour de force of both arrangement and execution, but I do miss the orchestral colours, especially the string-wind interplay. The Roger Sonata is tense, dense and unmemorable.”
19th September 2013
“buy this CD especially for the Roger Sonata, and also for the original version of Liszt’s Romance. You’ll also get a superb performance of the somewhat problematic Berlioz transcription as well.”
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