Franz Liszt

Biography

Born: 1811   Died: 1886   Country: Hungary   Period: Romantic
Liszt was the only contemporary whose music Richard Wagner gratefully acknowledged as an influence upon his own. His lasting fame was an alchemy of extraordinary digital ability -- the greatest in the history of keyboard playing -- an unmatched instinct for showmanship, and one of the most progressive musical imaginations of his time. Hailed by some as a visionary, reviled by others as a symbol of empty Romantic excess, Franz Liszt wrote his name Read more across music history in a truly inimitable manner.

From his youth, Liszt demonstrated a natural facility at the keyboard that placed him among the top performing prodigies of his day. Though contemporary accounts describe his improvisational skill as dazzling, his talent as a composer emerged only in his adulthood. Still, he was at the age of eleven the youngest contributor to publisher Anton Diabelli's famous variation commissioning project, best remembered as the inspiration for Beethoven's final piano masterpiece. An oft-repeated anecdote -- first recounted by Liszt himself decades later, and possibly fanciful -- has Beethoven attending a recital given by the youngster and bestowing a kiss of benediction upon him.

Though already a veteran of the stage by his teens, Liszt recognized the necessity of further musical tuition. He studied for a time with Czerny and Salieri in Vienna, and later sought acceptance to the Paris Conservatory. When he was turned down there -- foreigners were not then admitted -- he instead studied privately with Anton Reicha. Ultimately, his Hungarian origins proved a great asset to his career, enhancing his aura of mystery and exoticism and inspiring an extensive body of works, none more famous than the Hungarian Rhapsodies (1846-1885).

Liszt soon became a prominent figure in Parisian society, his romantic entanglements providing much material for gossip. Still, not even the juiciest accounts of his amorous exploits could compete with the stories about his wizardry at the keyboard. Inspired by the superhuman technique -- and, indeed, diabolical stage presence -- of the violinist Paganini, Liszt set out to translate these qualities to the piano. As his career as a touring performer, conductor, and teacher burgeoned, he began to devote an increasing amount of time to composition. He wrote most of his hundreds of original piano works for his own use; accordingly, they are frequently characterized by technical demands that push performers -- and in Liszt's own day, the instrument itself -- to their limits. The "transcendence" of his Transcendental Etudes (1851), for example, is not a reference to the writings of Emerson and Thoreau, but an indication of the works' level of difficulty. Liszt was well into his thirties before he mastered the rudiments of orchestration -- works like the Piano Concerto No. 1 (1849) were orchestrated by talented students -- but made up for lost time in the production of two "literary" symphonies (Faust, 1854-1857, and Dante, 1855-1856) and a series of orchestral essays (including Les préludes, 1848-1854) that marks the genesis of the tone poem as a distinct genre.

After a lifetime of near-constant sensation, Liszt settled down somewhat in his later years. In his final decade he joined the Catholic Church and devoted much of his creative effort to the production of sacred works. The complexion of his music darkened; the flash that had characterized his previous efforts gave way to a peculiar introspection, manifested in strikingly original, forward-looking efforts like Nuages gris (1881). Liszt died in Bayreuth, Germany, on July 31, 1886, having outlived Wagner, his son-in-law and greatest creative beneficiary. Read less
Franz Liszt - Master & Magician
Release Date: 07/26/2011   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 775542   Number of Discs: 26
On sale!
CD: $29.99
In Stock
On sale!     CD:  $29.99 Add CD to Cart

Valentina Lisitsa Plays Liszt
Release Date: 10/08/2013   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001898702   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $18.98
CD: $16.99
In Stock
On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

Liszt: Sonata in B Minor; Weber / Leon Fleisher
Release Date: 07/29/2008   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 57337   Number of Discs: 1
On sale!
ArkivCD $11.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $17.98   ArkivCD:  $11.99 Add to Cart

MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Concerti II - Liszt, Bach, Stravinsky / Brabbins, GrauSchumacher Duo
Release Date: 03/18/2014   Label: Neos  
Catalog: 21302   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $17.98
CD: $14.99
Low Stock
On sale!   $17.98   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2;  Liszt: Piano Pieces / Nobuyuki Tsujii, Yutaka Sado
Release Date: 03/08/2011   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72371   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $17.98
CD: $13.99
In Stock
On sale!   $17.98   CD:  $13.99 Add CD to Cart

Work: Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang

Browse 1-25 of 266 Available Recordings
1 2 ... 10 11
  • 1.
    Provocative Piano, Vols. I & Ii
    Label: Sepia Records   Catalog: 1255 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Allen Barclay,  Francis Craig,  Frédéric Chopin,  Joseph Kosma  ... 
    Performer:  Dick Hyman & His Orchestra
    Conductor:  Dick Hyman
    On sale! $17.98
    CD: $15.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $17.98   CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 2.
    100 Hits: Classical Greats
    Label: 100 Hits   Catalog: 1017490 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Myra Hess,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Geraint Jones,  Karl Münchinger,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Myra Hess  ... 
    Conductor:  Geraint Jones,  Karl Münchinger,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Leopold Stokowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Members of the Vienna Octet (Members)
    On sale! $38.99
    Import CD
    $34.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $38.99   CD:  $34.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 3.
    Piano Reflections
    Label: Classic Fm   Catalog: 1077947 Release Date: 02/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Ji Liu
    On sale! $33.99
    Import CD
    $29.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $33.99   CD:  $29.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 4.
    Piano Dreams
    Label: Bella Musica   Catalog: 312449 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Yuko Yamashiro
    On sale! $18.99
    CD: $14.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $18.99   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 5.
    The Expressive Voice Of The Flute
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 21222 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Howard Blake,  William Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Performer:  Kenneth Smith,  Paul Rhodes
    Recommendation
    On sale! $24.99
    CD: $22.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $24.99   CD:  $22.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 6.
    Depictions - Liszt / Warren Mailley-smith
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1005 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith
    Recommendation
    On sale! $21.98
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $21.98   CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 7.
    Gary Graffman - The Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 546239 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Gary Graffman,  Berl Senofsky,  Shirley Trepel,  Dick Hyman  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Enrique Jorda,  Charles Munch,  Walter Hendl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
    On sale!
    CD: $49.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $69.98   CD:  $49.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $59.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 8.
    The Most Relaxing Classics For Work In The Universe
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 17953 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    CD: $12.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $12.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 9.
    Best Of Pops / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 3580 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Leroy Anderson,  Victor Young,  Meredith Willson  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
    On sale! $29.95
    CD: $24.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $29.95   CD:  $24.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 10.
    Label: Sonoma   Catalog: 745 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schmalfuss,  Stefan Jeschko,  Josef Bulva,  Sylvia Cápová  ... 
    CD: $6.99
    Back Order
    CD:  $6.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 11.
    Shura Cherkassky - The Complete UK World Record Club Solo Recordings
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2398/99 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Carl Tausig  ... 
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
    On sale! $23.98
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $23.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 12.
    Lullaby & Nocturne / David Hays, Peter Collins
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1436 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Neruda,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Lyapunov,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Collins,  David Hays
    Recommendation
    On sale! $13.98
    CD: $11.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $13.98   CD:  $11.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 13.
    L'Excellence Se Fete - A Celebration of Excellence
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 297257 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  André Mathieu,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Lefčvre,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Louise-Andrée Baril,  Valerie Milot  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi,  Bruno Weil,  Jeanne Lamon,  Jean-Philippe Tremblay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet,  Tafelmusik,  La Pieta  ... 
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 14.
    Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94659 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Alexander Goldenweiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen,  Paavo Järvi,  Roy Goodman,  Gil Sharon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima La Musica,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hanover Band  ... 
    On sale!
    CD: $14.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $19.99   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 15.
    50 Best Romantic Piano Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333232 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  John Ogdon,  Garrick Ohlsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rostal & Schaefer Piano Duo
    On sale! $12.99
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $12.99   CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 16.
    50 Best Sensual Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333022 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  James Horner,  Pietro Mascagni,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Cécile Ousset,  Mikhail Rudy,  Natasha Marsh  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons,  Lawrence Foster,  Simon Rattle,  François-Xavier Roth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Cellists,  Ahn Trio,  Virtuosi
    On sale! $12.99
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $12.99   CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 17.
    Fiorentino Edition Vol 2 - The Complete Liszt Recordings
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 41 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Sergio Fiorentino
    On sale! $32.99
    CD: $24.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $32.99   CD:  $24.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 18.
    Van Cliburn - The Complete Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 540723 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 29
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Fritz Reiner,  Walter Hendl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  RCA Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
    On sale! $83.98
    CD: $60.49
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $83.98   CD:  $60.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 19.
    A Liszt Recital / Vanessa Benelli Mosell
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94357 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Vanessa Benelli Mosell
    Recommendation
    CD: $6.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $6.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 20.
    Liszt: Piano Sonata In B Minor / Vardan Mamikonian
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 730 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Vardan Mamikonian
    On sale! $19.99
    CD: $14.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $19.99   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 21.
    Liszt: Transcriptions / Niu Niu
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 253322 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Niu Niu
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 22.
    Label: Reflections Music   Catalog: 41068 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    CD: $14.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 23.
    Label: Avalon Records   Catalog: 37873 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Vena,  Jonathan Tortolano,  Mlao Xiao-qian,  Charles T. Cozens  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantin Krimetz,  Yuri Sazonoff
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 24.
    Label: Somerset Entertainment   Catalog: 51767 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  George Frideric Handel,  Erik Satie  ... 
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 25.
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 267 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Dmitri Vorobiev
    On sale! $44.98
    CD: $38.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $44.98   CD:  $38.99 Add CD to Cart

1 2 ... 10 11