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Franz Liszt [With Booklet] [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Jeremy Siepmann , Neville Jason
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The life of Franz Liszt was as daring and spectacular as his music. Famed throughout Europe as the greatest pianist of the nineteenth century, he was one of the most original and prophetic composers who ever lived. Beautiful in youth, glowering in age, his high-profile love affairs were the talk of the town wherever he went and his generosity to young musicians was legendary. In this account of his epic life, actors' readings combine with plentiful musical excerpts to paint a living portrait of a highly complex man.

The greatest surprise in this audio-biography of Franz Liszt is that, despite his reputation as a lion of the keyboard and one of the hugely popular superstars of his era, he was, in fact, a steady personality. As Jeremy Siepmann shows, for all Liszt's pyrotechnics on the keyboard, and itinerant life, he did not succumb uninhibitedly to the temptations of his environment. There existed a deeply reflective strain within him, which is why and how he eventually transformed his public persona from the fabulous virtuoso to Abbe Liszt as can be experienced in the readings from his letters and memories by Neville Jason.


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Jeremy Siepmann and Naxos Records have created a truly winning recipe with their "Life and Works" series. The combination of an audio book with music is an extraordinarily powerful and compelling way of bringing the biography of a classical musician to life and, at the same time, making the music accessible to a wide audience who may never have had the privilege of listening to some of the greatest music ever written.

Franz Liszt, revered in his time as the greatest pianist in Europe (and, as a result, almost certainly in the world) is now recognized as perhaps the most technically skilled virtuoso pianist who ever laid hands to keys.

An important and influential composer, Liszt's development of the symphonic poem form and his departures from accepted harmonic combinations are now seen as the early fore-runner to modern music and the basis on which 20th century "classical" music is now based.

The enormous body of work left behind by Liszt includes, for example, a large number of religious works which a century and a half later are only now being explored and studied by religious and music scholars and conductors. His first setting of the "Ave Maria" is so lush and mellifluous as to positively melt a listener. What I wouldn't give for an opportunity to perform such a magnificent work!

This wonderfully performed story ends by summarizing the paradoxes of Franz Liszt's life and the almost inconceivably vast catalogue of music that was his legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting, educational and immensely entertaining! Sept. 5 2009
By Paul Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
Jeremy Siepmann and Naxos Records have created a truly winning recipe with their "Life and Works" series. The combination of an audio book with music is an extraordinarily powerful and compelling way of bringing the biography of a classical musician to life and, at the same time, making the music accessible to a wide audience who may never have had the privilege of listening to some of the greatest music ever written.

Franz Liszt, revered in his time as the greatest pianist in Europe (and, as a result, almost certainly in the world) is now recognized as perhaps the most technically skilled virtuoso pianist who ever laid hands to keys.

An important and influential composer, Liszt's development of the symphonic poem form and his departures from accepted harmonic combinations are now seen as the early fore-runner to modern music and the basis on which 20th century "classical" music is now based.

The enormous body of work left behind by Liszt includes, for example, a large number of religious works which a century and a half later are only now being explored and studied by religious and music scholars and conductors. His first setting of the "Ave Maria" is so lush and mellifluous as to positively melt a listener. What I wouldn't give for an opportunity to perform such a magnificent work!

This wonderfully performed story ends by summarizing the paradoxes of Franz Liszt's life and the almost inconceivably vast catalogue of music that was his legacy. In a most confusing way, Liszt was astonishingly vain and yet truly humble; self-centred and self-seeking yet prodigiously generous with his time, his skills and his teaching; powerfully sexual and, not to put too fine a point on it, a "chick magnet" with a power that would be the stuff of a modern man's fantasy, but, at the same time, morally strict with himself and others (the classic example of saint and sinner rolled into one).

In a listening experience that spans a scant two hours, it's difficult to be scholarly and cover great expanses of music. But, be assured, it's all here at least in brief - his love life; his virtuosic piano skills; an overview of his music; his nomadic living style coupled with a fierce patriotic love of Hungary, his birth place; his fiery relationship with his mistresses; his sadly deficient parenting skills and his virtual non-reltionship with his children; his courageous support of the Romany gysies, for example, in the face of political opposition; and much, much more.

Truly an uplifting, entertaining and educational listening experience. Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss
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