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    This year marks the 200th birth of Franz Liszt. There is no question that ranks as one if not the greatest piano player of all time. Do you lsten to his piano music at all, and how would you rate him among the great compsers of his time.

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    I only recently started listening to Liszt; his symphonic poems, piano concertos, and piano sonata. I don't know them well enough yet to comment on them. I'd also appreciate others' thoughts on must-have pieces to add to my collection.

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    I played most of the Hungarian Rhapsodies, particularly fond of #2 and 11. Also played Liebestraume, beautiful "romantic" piece. I also enjoy all of his works but especially Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Concerto No. 1, and Transcendental Etude No. 1.

    Not sure we are allowed to link multiple YouTube links, so will only post one, the Mephisto Waltz No. 1.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZH3XQ_cflg

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    maybe the only piano composer that I listen more than any. the paganinis, piano concerto, waltz. it was Richard Clayderman who first introduced him to me by Liebestraume, a bit tragic. the Mephisto Waltz violin transcribed is awesome too.

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    FERENC Liszt, please! After all, he was Magyar... :-)

    As regards his solo piano music I love his Hungarian Rhapsodies and I also particularly like the Etudes, the sonata and his Rossini transcriptions.

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    I think Christus is marvelous; I like the way he writes for voices. I have his Hungarian Rhapsodies also. As for the rest of his pieces, I've ignored them until two months ago, so I'm slowly discovering his tone poems and piano pieces. It's been a pleasant surprise so far.

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    MANY SIGNIFICANT ANNIVERSARIES THIS YEAR

    Mahler in May, Liszt in December.

    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    FERENC Liszt, please! After all, he was Magyar... :-)
    It is worthy

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    I think Liszt was an all around great man - un grand homme, homme superieur - but musically,
    it is the late Liszt I am most likely to like and listen to. It is a deepened, almost despairing Liszt,
    who has long ago let go of high society frivolities, vain ambitions & rivalries with the likes of Paganini.
    Good samples:







    Late in life Liszt also wrote a fine tone poem called From the Cradle to the Grave. Though
    there are few recordings of this sadly neglected work, the extraordinary
    performance by Toscanini makes up for the scarcity. If you like this piece you
    probably will also like Orpheus, which it resembles and which Toscanini also recorded:



    A bonus comes with this CD: Toscanini humming!

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    Yes - Liszt ranks in my top 5! And there is so much to listen to - the transcendental etudes, the operatic transcriptions and so many smaller works....and his under-rated second piano concerto (I also like his tone poems..!)

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    I was recently on all-Liszt concert with Les Preludes and both piano concertos performed by great pianist, Karol Radziwonowicz. It was great experience, these two concertos are essence of romanticism and Preludes are not that bad either.

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    Liszt is a composer I frequently go back and forth on. Sometimes I feel his music is really great and sometimes I think he is just trying too hard to be virtuostic with not enough musical content.
    One piece by Liszt that I consistently love is his Piano Sonata in b minor. The way he threads all those themes and motifs together is really amazing to me and it is the kind of thing I love about music.

    I also admire him for being one of the first composers to "go all the way" so to speak in terms of harsh imagery. By that I mean this was a time in music where many composers where trying to depict dark themes in their music like Satanic rituals and ghosts and witches, but I feel like the composers before Liszt didn't do so good of a job at it. The last movement of the Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique sounds too cutesy to me to properly depict a witches sabbath. Saint-Saen's Danse Macabe is alright but I still feel like he's playing it safe. When Liszt wrote Totentanz though, I feel like he's the first one to just go all out and not be afraid to scare the crap out of his audience. It's the first piece in music that really sounds like something satanic to me.

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    I recently found this article about him, and it is certainly a good read and thought-provoking analysis - it's yet to be understood what had a primary impact on Liszt developing his late aesthetics. If someone is into researches, I would recommend to write a 400-page book about it

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    I've heard quite a lot by Liszt through the years but need to come back to him and focus my spiritual energy. I've never heard anything by him I like better than "La Lugubre Gondola" 1 and 2, especially no 2. He composed them in Venice as the news of Wagner's death reached him. This music is profound.

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    It is my personal opinion that if you (in general, not anyone in the thread) think Liszt is all showoffy flash and no substance, you're listening wrong.
    People who hide are afraid!

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    Liszt is a composer I have really enjoyed listening to of late. Particularly much of his music for solo piano as well as the first and second piano concertos. Definitely a lot of substance to this music, he was a great composer.

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