On Saturday 22nd October, it is Franz (Ferenc) Liszt’s birthday. So here’s a small selection of ‘Liszt links’, pictures, music, film and other ephemera, some serious, some not, to celebrate his bicentenary.
Please feel free to comment and/or contribute more ‘Liszt Links’
Notes from a Pianist – Throughout Liszt’s bicentenary year, pianist Christine Stevenson has been blogging about Liszt in a series of delightful, thoughtful and quirky posts.
From The Musician’s Way Blog – Franz Liszt: Self-Made Musician
Liszt’s favourite pudding, as noted in Alan Walker’s biography The Virtuoso Years 1811-1847
Visit the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands, near Guildford, Surrey (UK) and see an 1845 Erard, autographed by Liszt’s great rival Thalberg. And many other wonderful pianos and early keyboard instruments with “composer associations”.
Website of the Liszt Museum, Budapest
Stories from a Book of Liszts, a novel by John Spurling (with accompanying CD)
A close-up tour around the Liszt Apartment in the Budapest Museum
Read journalist Jessica Duchen’s intelligent article in Standpoint magazine
Wilhelm Kempff playing ‘Sonetto 123 del Petrarca’ from Années de Pèlerinage, 2ème année: Italie, the first piece by Liszt I learnt seriously. (Link opens to Spotify). And here’s a YouTube clip of Marc-André Hamelin playing the same Sonetto
Martha Argerich plays ‘Funerailles’
And Louis Kentner plays the ‘Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude’