2011 has been Liszt's bicentennial and nearly everybody who is anybody has either released a CD or written something about Liszt. Has anybody spent more than a normal time listening to Liszt this year?
I started the year reading his letters and I realised very quickly that he was in many ways an extremely generous human being, giving time and encouragement to all those around him. I still have Alan Walker's three volume biography to start on over Christmas.
And listening to the music in large doses has left me considering how much I really do enjoy his music - his compositional mind seems to have been restless and inventive in the extreme.Not every work is equally great but some of the music we seldom hear is actually pretty wonderful.
If yu have spent time listening to Liszt this year I wonder what your impressions have been and what recordings have become favourites?