Franz Liszt at 200

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Franz Liszt (via Wikimedia Commons)

Classical New England celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt with special broadcasts and on-demand performances that highlight the range and genius of this unique musical figure.
 

 



 

Marc-André Hamelin (image by Fran Kaufman, courtesy of the artist)

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin gave a concert dedicated to Liszt in our Fraser Performance Studio, broadcast nationally by American Public Media. 
One of today's great Liszt interpreters, Hamelin was joined by Fred Child, host of Performance Today, heard on Classical New England each weeknight at 7pm, and a studio audience.  Along with Liszt's greatest piano masterpiece, the Sonata in B minor, Hamelin also performed Waldesrauschen and the Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H.


Hear the program and see a slideshow on-demand

 

Franz Liszt birthplace, Raiding, Austria (image courtesy of Liszt Festival Raiding)

Several commemorative concerts took place in Europe, and Classical New England brings you highlights from several of them.  Cathy Fuller hosts a program that includes performances from the Liszt Festival in Raiding, Austria, with the Vienna Academy Orchestra and conductor Martin Haselböck, as well as highlights from a concert at Prague Conservatory with pianist Jitka Cechová, Schubert song transcriptions by Liszt performed by Luiza Borac at Romanian Radio Concert Hall, and choral works sung by the BBC Singers at Wigmore Hall in London.

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Christian Thielemann (image by Matthias Creutziger, courtesy of Staatskapelle Dresden


Monday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Oct. 28, at noon, Alan McLellan's Café Europa presents works from more European concerts in commemoration of the Liszt bicentennial, including a concert given in Bayreuth with conductor Christian Thielemann and pianist Konstantin Sherbakov.  Selections include Liszt's two piano concertos, as well as Totentanz. 







Here is the complete schedule:

Monday:
Wanderer Fantasy
Peter Roesel, piano; Orchestre National de France; Manlio Benzi, conductor

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Tuesday:
Piano Concerto No. 1
Benedetto Lupo, piano; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Marc Andreae, conductor

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Wednesday:
Piano Concerto No. 2
Konstantin Sherbakov, piano; Project Orchestra of the Weimar Liszt School of Music; Christian Thielemann, conductor

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Thursday:
Totentanz
Konstantin Sherbakov, piano; Project Orchestra of the Weimar Liszt School of Music; Christian Thielemann, conductor

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Friday:
Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Marc Andreae, conductor

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Classical New England's Cathy Fuller

The bicentennial also offers a chance to look at other great performances from Classical New England.  Cathy Fuller has rounded up many of her favorites, in a selection that shows the full range of the composer's genius.

Hear and read about Cathy's selections.
 








 



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