Friday, October 22, 2010

La Campanella

Franz Liszt (October 22, 1811 – July 31, 1886) was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist and teacher. Liszt became renowned throughout Europe during the 19th century for his great skill as a performer. He was said by his contemporaries to have been the most technically advanced pianist of his age and perhaps the greatest pianist of all time. He was also an important and influential composer, a notable piano teacher, a conductor who contributed significantly to the modern development of the art, and a benefactor to other composers and performers, notably Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz, Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns, Edvard Grieg and Alexander Borodin.

Here Valentina Lisita plays Liszt's "La Campanella". She plays with great sensitivity and feel. Magnifico.



Some Beethoven for added measure


And one more Liszt

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