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Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Thursday 5 August 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Thursday 12 August 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)
Whilst in Venice Liszt read newspaper reports of a flood disaster in Pest. Thousands of Hungarians were rendered homeless and the destruction of crops led to famine and a national disaster. Liszt travelled to Vienna in April 1838 to give concerts in aid of the flood victims. They were a huge success enabling him to donate twenty-four thousand gulden, the largest single private donation to the Flood Relief Fund. The concerts marked a return for Liszt to the concert platform and the critical acclaim Liszt received in Vienna assured his reputation as an unassailable virtuoso of the keyboard.
Schubert, arr. Liszt