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Mystic (Rome)

Liszt grew old in Rome. He followed his mistress Carolyne there, in the hope of marrying her, but the ceremony was prevented in a complex story of intrigue and corruption. After a retreat in a monastery on the slopes of Monte Mario, the composer chose to enter the lower orders of the Catholic priesthood, which one friend described as 'an act of spiritual suicide'. Donald Macleod explores the music Liszt wrote in Rome while he grappled with several personal crises.

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Thu 28 Jul 2011 18:00

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