Franz Liszt


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
Liszt: Complete Piano Music, Vol 42 / Filipec
Release Date: 03/11/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573458   Number of Discs: 1
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The Best Of Liszt
Release Date: 10/20/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8556667   Number of Discs: 1
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Liszt: Complete Piano Music Vol 17 / Valerie Tryon
Release Date: 05/15/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554729   Number of Discs: 1
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Liszt: A Faust Symphony / Ligeti, Molnár, Et Al
Release Date: 09/19/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553304   Number of Discs: 1
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Liszt: Complete Piano Music Vol 1 / Arnaldo Cohen
Release Date: 06/10/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553852   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 in C sharp minor

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    Sergio Fiorentino Plays Liszt
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 357 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Sergio Fiorentino
    Conductor:  Erich Riede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    The Paul Badura-Skoda Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4798065 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Badura-Skoda,  Antonio Janigro,  Jean Fournier,  Otto Ruhm  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Felix Prohaska,  Milan Horvat  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  London Promenade Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Live at the Mariinsky / George Li
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 563938 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  George Li
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    Andri Joel Harison
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99139 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Liszt,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Andri Joël Harison
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    The American Recordings / Paderewski
    Label: Apr   Catalog: 2047276 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ignace Jan Paderewski  ... 
    Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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    Emil Gilels: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002433 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Alexander Alyabyev,  Arno Babadjanyan,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
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    Rhapsody / Matsuev, Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900146 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  George Gershwin,  George Enescu,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Barber, Yedidia & Liszt: Piano Works / Beus
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3446 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ronn Yedidia,  Samuel Barber,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Stephen Beus
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    Chopin & Liszt: Piano Works / Huppmann
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99113 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Anastasia Huppmann
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    Preludes & Rhapsodies
    Label: Fidelio Musique   Catalog: 49 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  George Gershwin,  Johannes Brahms
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buzz Ensemble
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    Transcriptions & Paraphrases For Cello And Piano
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 6007 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Buxton Orr,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kostov-Valkov Duo
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    Sergei Rachmaninov: Complete RCA Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88843073922 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Natalie Rachmaninov,  Nadezhda Plevitskaya
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  Eugene Ormandy,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    Fireworks! - Scarlatti, Brahms, Debussy, Liszt / Barbara Nissman
    Label: Three Oranges Recordings   Catalog: 5638267125 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Barbara Nissman
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    Orient Express
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 233800 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Antonín Dvorák,  Joseph Achron,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Take Four Guitar Quartet
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    Liszt: The Piano Concertos, Hungarian Rhapsodies / Freire, Pizarro
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300540 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Nelson Freire,  Artur Pizarro
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 22367 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Richard Wagner,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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    Alfred Cortot: Anniversary Edition
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 4907 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot,  Pablo Casals,  Jacques Thibaud,  Charles Panzera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International String Quartet
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    Von Ungarischer Und Judischer Seele
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98955 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Perlman,  Jenö Hubay,  Joseph Achron,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Edan
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    Wilhelm Backhaus - The Virtuoso
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12052 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus
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    Solo Piano Works / Shura Cherkassky
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 17330 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Josef Hofmann  ... 
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
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  • 21.
    Franz Liszt - Dedicated To The 200th Anniversary
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001911 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Lazar Berman,  Vladimir Ovchinikov,  Gleb Akselrod  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Mark Ermler
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    Liszt: Hungarian Dances / Georges Cziffra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6787082 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  György Cziffra
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  • 23.
    Moritz Rosenthal - The Complete Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7503 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Moritz Rosenthal,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Moritz Rosenthal
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    Horowitz: 25th Anniversay Of His American Debut [archipel]
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 143 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
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  • 25.
    Tunes From Toons / United States Military Bands
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: ALT55922 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  William [Tenor Vocal] Jones
    Conductor:  Ralph M. Gambone,  Albert Schoepper,  Larry H. Lang,  William F. Santelmann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Navy Band,  United States Marine Band,  United States Air Force Heritage of America Band
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