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Episode 2

Donald Macleod focuses on how Liszt was lured back to Paris from Switzerland after news reached him of a rival pianist taking the city by storm.

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.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Franz Liszt

    3 Concert studies S.144 for piano

    Performer: Louis LORTIE - Piano

    • Chandos.
    • CHAN-8548.
  • Sigismond Thalberg

    Fantasy on Rossini's 'Moses' Op.33 for piano

    Performer: Steven MAYER - Piano

    • ASV.
    • CDDCA-783.
  • Franz Liszt

    Divertissement sur un cavatine de Pacini S.419 (I tuoi frequenti palpiti) for piano

    Performer: Leslie HOWARD - Piano

    • Hyperion.
    • CDA-67231/2.
  • Franz Liszt - Annees de pelerinage - 2me annee, Italie S.161

    Performer: Lazar BERMAN - Piano

  • Franz Liszt

    Grand galop chromatique S.219 for piano

    Performer: Lang LANG - Piano

    • Sony Classical.
    • 88697891402.
    • -4.

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