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Ferencz Liszt

Ferencz Liszt (1811-86)


Hungarian-born pianist-composer of prodigious talent, perhaps the greatest pianist of his day. A character of some contradictions, he was a spiritual man who titled himself Abbé, but was also a noted bon viveur. As a composer he had a huge influence on those who followed him and he was important in the development of new forms such as the Tone Poem and the device called metamorphosis in which the 'story' of a character or an idea is developed by the subtle alteration of a single representative musical idea. He was Wagner's father-in-law.

Further Reading: Liszt

 Interview, Boris Giltburg on Liszt

David talks to the Russian-born Israeli pianist about his recording of the Études d'exécution transcendante, released last Friday on Naxos.

 Interview, Francesco Piemontesi on Liszt

The pianist talks to David about the first instalment of Années de pélerinage, which was our Recording of the Week a fortnight ago.

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