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Ferencz Liszt

Ferencz Liszt (1811-86)

Composer

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

 Recording of the Week, Marc-André Hamelin plays Liszt and Thalberg

The Canadian pianist is on jaw-dropping form in a programme inspired by the 1837 'duel' between the two composer-virtuosos, which also includes the mighty collaborative Hexaméron - a set of variations on Bellini by composers including Chopin, Czerny and Pixis.

 Recording of the Week, Liszt’s Dante Symphony plus a world-premiere recording from Kirill Karabits

Kirill Karabits conducts the Staatskapelle Weimar in orchestral works by Liszt, including the world-premiere recording of the Künstlerfestzug zur Schillerfeier.

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