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Life and Works: LISZT (Siepmann)

Life and Works
Franz Liszt

Author and Narrator: Jeremy Siepmann
Neville Jason as Liszt
Other parts taken by David Timson, Elaine Claxton, Laura Paton and Raphael Clarkson
2 CDs
160-page booklet
8.558005-06
ISBN: 1-84379-090-4

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.

The greatest surprise in this audio-biography of Franz Liszt is that, despite his reputation as a lion of the keyboard and one of the hugely popular superstars of his era, he was, in fact, a steady personality. As Jeremy Siepmann shows, for all Liszt's pyrotechnics on the keyboard, and itinerant life, he did not succumb uninhibitedly to the temptations of his environment. There existed a deeply reflective strain within him, which is why and how he eventually transformed his public persona from the fabulous virtuoso to Abbe Liszt - as can be experienced in the readings from his letters and memories by Neville Jason.


Disc 1

Liszt, Franz

  Franz Liszt: Life and Works
1.   Childhood and Youth 00:09:26
2.   Music: La Campanella 00:04:46
3.   Enter the Countess Marie d'Agoult 00:03:25
4.   Music: Au Lac du Wallenstadt 00:02:43
5.   Rivalry with Thalberg 00:06:34
6.   Music: Schubert, arr. Liszt: Die Forelle 00:04:31
7.   Travels in Italy (Music: Dante Sonata) 00:06:55
8.   Patriot and Hero: Liszt returns to Hungary 00:10:04
9.   Music: Transcendental Etude No. 2 in A Minor 00:02:25
10.   The Gypsies' Music: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 00:12:28
11.   The End of the Affair: break - up with Marie 00:10:54
12.   Music: Consolation No. 3 in D flat 00:03:22


Disc 2

Liszt, Franz

  Franz Liszt: Life and Works
1.   Lisztomania (Music: Transcendental Study No. 8) 00:06:53
2.   The Virtuoso Retires 00:04:38
3.   Music: Berlioz, arr. Liszt: Un bal (Symphonie fantastique) 00:06:28
4.   Weimar and the Princess (Music: symphonic poem: Prometheus) 00:11:03
5.   Liszt and Wagner (Music: Sonata in B Minor) 00:13:03
6.   Exit from Weimar (Music: From the Cradle to the Grave) 00:09:47
7.   The Abbe Liszt 00:04:02
8.   Music: Ave Maria 00:04:01
9.   The Final Period 00:12:15
10.   Music: Unstern 00:05:59

Total Playing Time: 02:35:42






Composer(s):
Liszt, Franz

Reader(s):
Siepmann, Jeremy

Label: Naxos Educational

Genre: Music Biographies

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558005-06

Barcode: 0636943800522

Physical Release: 03/2001

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