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Llŷr Williams’s Wagner Without Words disc features piano transcriptions from Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser, The Flying Dutchman, Lohengrin and Götterdämmerung as well as three of only a handful of works the composer wrote for the piano: the Fantasy, Zürich Waltzes and this ‘Song Without Words’.

‘It’s an interesting idea: a selection of keyboard transcriptions from Wagner’s operas, interleaved with piano music by Wagner himself,’ writes critic Malcolm Hayes in his review of Williams’s collection in our November issue.

Wagner composed the elegant ‘Song Without Words’, which you can download here, in 1840 and dedicated it to his friend, the painter Ernst Benedikt Kietz.

‘My love affair with the music of Wagner began when, at age 10, I was given the Solti recording of the Ring Cycle as a Christmas present,’ explains Williams in his sleeve note. ‘Shortly afterwards I was bashing through the major music dramas at the piano, using vocal scores acquired from our local library.’

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