Monthly Archives: October 2011


 Mazeppa tells the story of a  page in the court of the King of Poland, caught having an affair with the wife of a Count. He is stripped naked, strapped to a wild horse which is whipped, plunging headlong into a frenzied journey. … Continue reading

Posted in Composers, Liszt - Studying the Etudes - Transcendental Etudes, and Paganini Caprices, Music, Pianists | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Birthday Blog

Today this blog is a year old – thank you to all who have contributed to its 11,000 views! This is the 60th post; the first post on October 24 2010 was Any Excuse to Play Liszt – here. I was … Continue reading

Posted in Music | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Liszt’s 200th Birthday – today!

As a small child, I used to stare closely at this cover of an *LP of Liszt’s music in my parents’ record collection, fascinated by the patterns, shapes and colours.  One day I suddenly realised that the individual fragments, when viewed as a … Continue reading

Posted in Composers, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Duel Pianists – Liszt and Thalberg

Liszt’s 200th birthday falls this week on Saturday 22 October, and on Wednesday at Hatchlands in Surrey I’m giving a recital on an 1845 Erard piano signed by Thalberg, his greatest rival. ‘Old Arpeggio’ was the nickname given to Sigismund Thalberg because of a … Continue reading

Posted in Composers, Music, Pianists, Places | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Concerts at Hindhead

I’m delighted to be giving the first concert in the Autumn series of recitals at the Hindhead Music Centre, with its elegant recital room and gorgeous Steinway, on Sunday 9th October at 4pm. My programme includes the seven pieces from Liszt’s Années de … Continue reading

Posted in Composers, Music, Pianists, Places | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment