Monthly Archives: March 2011

The King’s Speech – and Beethoven

We’ve all heard about it, and many have seen it – this Oscar-winning film. The scene that struck me was the one pictured left, towards the end. It’s a climactic scene, but it was the music that gripped me – … Continue reading

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For Sale – Recording Studio

Sitting here at midnight in Melbourne, catching up with online news from the UK, it was sad to see this report (scroll down to the 29 March blogpost) of Potton Hall being up for sale. My Liszt CD was recorded there a … Continue reading

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A quick trip Down Under

I’m off soon to Australia to give concerts and masterclasses. The repertoire features Liszt – no surprise there – also some Chopin (transcribed by Liszt), Mendelssohn and Alkan, Hewitt Jones, and some Grainger, since it is an anniversary of his too, … Continue reading

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Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa – or Bononcini?

‘Vado ben spesso cangiando loco’ goes this bright and cheerful marching-song, with a catchy melody long attributed to the poet/painter/actor Salvator Rosa , but in fact written by a fellow-Italian, Bononcini. Liszt’s straightforward transcription of it in the Italian Année is the perfect foil for … Continue reading

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A Room With a View – or not. Il Penseroso

Watch the film ‘A Room with a View’ on a cold, wet, grey, dismal day in winter, and within the hour you’ll be planning a summer holiday in Tuscany. That’s how we ended up staying near Florence one year, seeing for ourselves the piazzas, the … Continue reading

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Sposalizio and the Golden Legend

Raphael’s oil painting Lo Sposalizio della Vergine was completed in 1504, and hangs in the Brera  Gallery in Milan. It depicts the marriage of Mary and Joseph, and illustrates a legend in which Mary’s suitors each placed a branch on an altar; Joseph’s branch blossomed, and  thus he … Continue reading

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And so to Italy…

Fast-forward to August 1837. Liszt and Marie d’Agoult are crossing the Simplon Pass from Switzerland to Italy. They have visited their daughter Blandine, en route; she lives with a foster family. Marie is pregnant with their second child, who will … Continue reading

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