Charles Owen on the Swiss book of Liszt's Années de pèlerinage

Friday, September 17, 2021

The British pianist talks about Liszt and how the composer became a companion during lockdown

Charles Owen's latest recording for Avie is of the First Book, 'Switzerland', from Franz Liszt's Années de pèlerinage ('Years of wandering). Charles talks to James Jolly about how he took the opportunity to return to the work during the long, quiet months of lockdown, how he performed the work in his first concerts with an audience and how he became drawn into Liszt's world as the composer-pianist travelled throughout Europe.

This week's Gramophone Podcast is in association with Leipzig – the City of Music, where in June and July 2022 the Leipzig Opera Festival will focus on the music of Wagner. For full information at visit 

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