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The life of Franz Liszt was as daring and spectacular as his music. Famed throughout Europe as the greatest pianist of the nineteenth century, he was one of the most original and prophetic composers who ever lived. Beautiful in youth, glowering in age, his high-profile love affairs were the talk of the town wherever he went and his generosity to young musicians was legendary. In this account of his epic life, actors’ readings combine with plentiful musical excerpts to paint a living portrait of a highly complex man.
Jeremy Siepmann: The Life and Works of Liszt
Childhood and Youth
Enter the Countess Marie d'Agoult
Au Lac du Wallenstadt
Rivalry with Thalberg
Schubert, arr. Liszt: Die Forelle (The Trout)
Travels in Italy - Dante Sonata
Patriot and Hero: Liszt returns to Hungary
Transcendental Etude No. 2 in A minor 'Fusees'
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D major, 'Pesther Carneval'
The End of the Affair: break-up with Marie
Consolation No. 3 in D flat, 'Lento placido'
Lisztomania - Transcendental Study No. 8 in C minor, 'Wilde Jagd'
The Virtuoso Retires
Berlioz, arr. Liszt: Un bal (Symphonie fantastique)
Weimar and the Princess - Symphonic poem: Prometheus
Liszt and Wagner - Sonata in B minor
Exit from Weimar - Symphonic poem: From the Cradle to the Grave