Composer’s Weekend: Franz Liszt
24 and 25 April
Every last weekend of the month, Stingray Classica pays tribute to a single composer. On April 24 and 25, subject of our homage is Hungarian composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886). Expect to be dazzled by numerous performances of the keyboard virtuoso's fiendishly difficult piano compositions, yet of particular interest is the perhaps less familiar – but by no means less spectacular – premiere broadcast of Liszt Mosaics. The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble created this riveting 'dance concert', featuring works by Liszt and other greats of Hungary's national romanticism.
Liszt Recital from La Scala
Saturday, 24 April | 14:00
Daniel Barenboim, one of the most prolific and high-profile artists performing on international stages today, introduced this concert, which was recorded live at the famous Teatro alla Scala Milan in May 2007 as “A concert dedicated to Italy, but not by a conductor”. It is a highly personal tribute to a country he has toured regularly as a conductor. For his solo piano recital he chose Franz Liszt's Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage), composed 1837–1849, which contains some of the composer’s most beautiful piano music - a feast not only for piano lovers. Daniel Barenboim, one of the world’s foremost pianists and leading experts on Liszt, gracefully melds the technical and poetic aspects of one of the most rewarding of all Romantic piano works. The recital includes several numbers from the “Deuxième Année: Italie” and other Italy-related compositions by Liszt such as “St. François d’Assise. La prédication aux oiseaux” from Légendes and finally several creative transcriptions from well-known operas like Verdi’s “Miserere” from Trovatore, “Danza sacra e duetto” from Aida and “Paraphrase de concert” from Rigoletto. Barenboim brings his passion and his special approach.
Liszt Mosaics: Dance Concert
Saturday, 24 April | 21:00
This concert entitled 'Liszt Mosaics' is dedicated to the rich traditonal of Hungarian Folk Music. The concert opens with a selection of Bartók's 44 Duos for 2 Violins (No. 17, 18 and 36) performed by Shlomo Mintz and Radics Ferenc. Furthermore, Pál Eszter is accompanied by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble and Cameristi della Scala in vocal performances of Hungarian Folk Music from the Kalotaszeg region. The ensembles conclude the concert by performing Romanian Folk Dances by Bartók, led by musical director István Pál Szalonna. Solo violinist is Agnese Ferraro.
Liszt Mosaics II
Saturday, 24 April | 21:30
This dance concert - performed in the languages of both music and movement - features, in addition to works by Liszt, some of the finest pieces of Hungary's national romanticism that served to inspire them, antecedents of sacred music reaching as far back as the Gregorian period and compositions by contemporaries who influenced Liszt: Paganini and Chopin. Liszt Mosaics is founded on three thematic pillars. Although all three directly evoke Liszt - with emblematic aspects of his life's work: Liszt the Hungarian, Liszt the priest and Liszt the virtuoso - they speak at least as much to us as people of the 21st century. The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble was established in 1951 and has traveled to over 40 countries, playing authentic folk music and folk dances.
Liszt - Totentanz S.525
Sunday, 25 April | 14:00
Dina Ivanova (1994, Russia) performs Liszt’sTotentanz (S525), Schubert/Liszt - Auf dem wasser zu singen (S558/2) and Erlkönig (S558/4) during the Solo Finals of the 11th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, held in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, in 2017. The competition actively presents, develops, and promotes piano talents from around the world. In doing so, it has become one of the prominent gateways to the international professional classical music scene for young musicians. The International Franz Liszt Piano Competition was founded in 1986 in the Netherlands and has since built a reputation as one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions.
Liszt - Sonata in B minor S.178
Sunday, 25 April | 14:15
Works: Die Lorelei, S532, Sonata in B minor, S178. Pianist Mariam Batsashvili studied successively at the E. Mikeladze Central Music School in Tbilisi with Natalia Natsvlishvili and at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Grigory Gruzman. She won prizes from various competitions such as the First Prize at the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar in 2011 and Second Prize at the María Herrero International Piano Competition in Granada in 2012. Aside from her native country Georgia, Mariam Batsashvili has performed in such countries as Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Israel, South Africa and China, both in recitals and with orchestras. She was a soloist with the Erfurt Philharmonisches Orchester and with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on numerous occasions.
Liszt - Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat, S.124
Sunday, 25 April | 21:00
Dazzling, virtuosic, and spectacular: no other adjectives are better suited to describe the piano music of Franz Liszt. Enjoy a sparkling performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major by the incredible piano virtuoso Russian Daniil Trifonov, with Kent Nagano conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv, in 2014.
Liszt - Piano Concerto No. 2, S.125
Sunday, 25 April | 21:20
Alexander Ullman (1991, United Kingdom) performs Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 (S125) during the final of the 11th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, held in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht 2017. The competition actively presents, develops and promotes piano talents from around the world. In doing so, it has become one of the prominent gateways to the international professional classical music scene for young musicians. The International Franz Liszt Piano Competition was founded in 1986 in the Netherlands and since has built a reputation as one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions.