Exploring the music of Liszt

Friday, February 17, 2023

We discuss the composer's greatest works, and their greatest recordings

This week's Gramophone Podcast explores the music of Liszt, with a particular focus on his piano music. Editor Martin Cullingford is joined by Gramophone writer and expert on both Liszt and the piano, Jeremy Nicholas to discuss the composers's greatest works, and the greatest recordings of his music. 

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Our thanks to the labels who allowed us to use excerpts from the following recordings: Jean Yves Thibaudet and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit in the Piano Concerto No 2; Jorge Bolet performing Vallée d'Obermann from Années de Pèlerinage, on Decca; Evgeny Kissin playing Transcendental Étude No 10 in F minor, on RCA; Marc-André Hamelin in the Piano Sonata in B Minor, on Hyperion; Thomas Trotter in the third movement of Ad nos, ad salutarem undam, on Decca; and the closing moments of Totentanz, performed by Leslie Howard on Hyperion.

This Gramophone podcast is published in association with Wigmore Hall: this week's concerts include:

Saturday February 18, 7.30pm: Sir András Schiff in works by Mozart and Schubert, on piano and piano forte
Sunday February 19, at 11.30pm: violinist Alena Baeva and pianist Vadym Kholodenko in works by Beethoven, Schubert and Valentin Silvestrov
Sunday February 19, 7.30pm: Chineke! Wind Quintet perform music by Arturo Márquez, Gilles Silvestrini, Hindemith and more
Monday February 20, 1pm: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs Hadyn piano music
Monday February 20, 7.30pm: Sir András Schiff returns to the Wigmore Hall stage
Tuesday February 21, 7.30pm: the English Concert perform Bach
Wednesday February 22, 7.30pm: violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Enrico Pace perform works by Bartók, Beethoven, Franck and Ravel
Thursday February 23, 11.30am: a talk by Wigmore Hall archivist Emily Woolf entitled 'Women of Wigmore'
Thursday February 23, 7.30pm: pianist Angela Hewitt and mezzo-soprano Anna Bonitatibus in Berlioz, Liszt, Rossini and Viardot
Friday February 24, 3pm: 'Music for the Moment', a concert for people living with dementia and their friends, family and carers,
Friday February 25, 7.30pm: Vox Luminis and the Freiburg Baroque Consort perform Bernhard, Biber and Steffani

For full details of these concerts and to book tickets visit wigmore-hall.org.uk

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