“Franz Liszt is one of the composers I admired even as a child. When I was little I longed to play (and played) all those obviously virtuosic compositions, like Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. Over time, I discovered other compositions besides those replete with technical intricacies – intimate works coursing with inner strength and poetic magnificence. To date, as a pianist I have studied some seventy compositions by Liszt, counting both original works and transcriptions or reminiscences. It is hard to narrow this wealth of repertoire down to fit the programme of a single recital. In the end I chose a combination of original compositions by Franz Liszt and his transcription of Franz Schubert’s exquisite song cycle Swan Song. I trust that this music will have just as wondrous an impact on the audience as it does on me.”
Franz Schubert / Franz Liszt: Schwanengesang (Swan Song), S. 560 (selection)
Franz Liszt: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173: No. 10 in E major Cantique d’amour
Franz Liszt: Ballad No. 1 in D-flat major, S. 170
Franz Liszt: Ballad No. 2 in B minor, S. 171
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Influencers of Resonance, a series organised by C. Bechstein, is the spiritual successor to the two-year Saleem Ashkar Beethoven Residency, which saw all of Beethoven’s 32 masterful piano sonatas performed in eight concerts. Successful successor “influencers” since 2018 have included Tomáš Kačo, Beata Hlavenková, Jan Bartoš, Ivo Kahánek, Marek Kozák, Martin Kasík, Lukáš Klánský, Karel Košárek, Kryštof Marek, Miroslav Sekera, or Najponk. The concert series systematically provides an independent platform for leading figures of the Czech piano scene, presenting them in distinctive, style-defining recitals that fully express their present artistic views and preferences.
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