Liszt And His World

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0120121001

Donald Macleod explains how seeing Paganini perform in Paris inspired Franz Liszt.

Donald Macleod begins a week of programmes looking at Liszt's extraordinary contribution to the piano repertoire, alongside the music of his friends, rivals and protégés.

By the age of twenty, Liszt was already an acclaimed master of his instrument, but witnessing the great violin virtuoso Paganini perform in Paris inspired him to extend his piano technique even further.

0220121002

Donald Macleod focuses on how Liszt was lured back to Paris from Switzerland.

Donald Macleod looks at Liszt's extraordinary contribution to the piano repertoire, alongside the music of his friends, rivals and protégés.

Liszt had been keeping a low profile since eloping to Switzerland with his mistress, but was lured back to Paris after news reached him of a rival pianist taking the city by storm.

0320121003

Donald Macleod discusses the attitude of Liszt's peers to his fame as a touring virtuoso.

Donald Macleod looks at Liszt's extraordinary contribution to the piano repertoire, alongside the music of his friends, rivals and protégés.

For twelve years Liszt carved out a glittering career as a touring virtuoso achieving a notoriety unparalleled in all music history, but not all his contemporaries were equally impressed.

0420121004

Donald Macleod focuses on Liszt's rejection of touring and the celebrity lifestyle.

Donald Macleod looks at Liszt's extraordinary contribution to the piano repertoire, alongside the music of his friends, rivals and protégés.

Ensconced in Weimar with his new lover, Liszt turns his back on touring and the celebrity lifestyle he had come to hate. But does it make him happy?

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Donald Macleod explores Liszt's extraordinary contribution to the piano repertoire.

Donald Macleod looks at Liszt's extraordinary contribution to the piano repertoire, alongside the music of his friends, rivals and protégés.

After a lifetime of extending the musical possibilities of his instrument, Liszt makes a last great contribution to the future as a teacher.