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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

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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

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Review…’ Liszt fervently rendered’

LISZT: Annees de Pelerinage: Deuxieme Anne: Italie = Sposalizio; Il Penseroso; Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa; Three Petrarch Sonnets; Apres une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata; Annees de Pelerinage: Premiere Annee: Au lac de Wallenstadt; Au bord d’une source; Annees … Continue reading

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From Darkness to Light

The Sursum Corda , the final, uplifting piece of Liszt’s Troisième Année, is well placed; it is preceeded by two works which show Liszt’s Hungarian blood and which are both about death. Sunt lacrimae rerum – En mode hongrois, like Funérailles, was a response to … Continue reading

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All Roads Lead to Rome – via Budapest and Weimar

It is unlike either of its predecessors. No geographic subtitle, such as Suisse or Italie; no easily discernible thread linking all of its movements. It even looks different: simpler, more white space on the staves, some titles and quotations in Latin. It sounds … Continue reading

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Abandon hope , all ye who enter here – unless your octaves are up to speed…

Liszt’s ‘Dante Sonata’, Après une lecture de Dante, takes its title from the poem by Victor Hugo, but its subject matter from Dante’s La Divina Commedia, in which Dante and Virgil travel through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. Liszt started composing it … Continue reading

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Sonnets and Songs – Tre Sonetti del Petrarca

After the jaunty Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa in the Italian Année, Liszt turns to poetry – three sonnets by the 14th century poet, Petrarch. Love is the subject. Petrarch was in love with Laura de Noves; Liszt and Marie d’Agoult … 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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Location, location…Vallee d’Obermann and Les Cloches de Geneve

Vallée d’Obermann cannot be found on any map. It exists only in the imaginations of those who, like Liszt, have read Sénancour’s book Obermann, set in Switzerland, where Sénancour lived for some time. Obermann is a solitary, melancholy character, who searches for a lonely valley … Continue reading

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Sorting the Musical Souvenirs – Le Mal du Pays and Orage

You know how it is after a holiday; you return laden with souvenirs and memories. With time, only the best or most meaningful items remain on display, while others are tucked away or discarded; and the mind filters and forgets all but … Continue reading

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