A Gramophone critic recently related the story of how his book publisher balked at the idea of including Franz Liszt in a collection of 50 great composers. Judge for yourselves, in this multiple posting of performances of his works by world-renowned pianists that I have cobbled together here in his immortal memory.
I have consciously split my musical presentation below into two parts )1-4 and 5-9); and each part’s component pieces are hotlinked to a performance on YouTube:
1. Etude d’execution transcendentale No. 10 in F minor (Evgeny Kissin) (1854)
II in A flat major – Moderato (1865)
III in F sharp major – Adagio (1873)
IV in F sharp major – Andantino (1876)
7. La Lugubre Gondola I (1882) (Maestoso-allegro)
8. En Rêve (In a Dream) (Alvaro Ordonez) (1885/86)
Some of this material I’ve drawn from a Music Appreciation Class that I gave to a roomful of seniors at the Southeast Senior Center in Englewood 5 years ago on October 25, 2011.
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