Mediocrity? Great composer? Revolutionary? Unfairly neglected? Overrated?
There are a handful of pieces I play from time to time - mostly piano pieces - but I am aware that there is a lot of stuff out there I don't know. Apart from the piano works (100 CDs worth), there are large-scale symphonic works, piano concertos, choral pieces, lieder, sacred works, chamber works, transcriptions........
Attitudes to him among classical music fans seems to be somewhat polarised. There are those who think he was nothing more than a bombastic, flashy showman and there are those (like Brendel), who think he wrote some of the most profound music every written.
As far as I know, I don't think he has ever cropped up on this forum - except in occasional disparaging asides (see the Schumann thread). Which is surprising, given his importance in the history of music. Apart from his supreme importance as a piano virtuoso, he is said, among other things, to have invented the tone poem and to have laid the groundwork (both in terms of orchestration and general musical development) for Wagnerian and post-Wagnerian music.
My feeling, based on just a fairly small sample of works - including the consolations, the piano sonata, the Anees de pelerinage - is that he is well worth investigating, but I would interested to see what others think. Does anyone out there listen to him regularly, or have favourite pieces? Anyone count him among the true greats?