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Franz Liszt

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Concerts

Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin at the 2010 Rockport Chamber Music Festival

July 14, 2010 Hear the courageous pianist make finger-scorching sonatas by Liszt and Berg sound easy as pie.

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Studio Sessions

A lithograph of Franz Liszt, circa 1832.

September 29, 2011 Hear hand-picked Liszt performances from the studios of WGBH.

Matthew Polenzani.

August 11, 2011 Tenor Matthew Polenzani and pianist Julius Drake lead a journey into Schubert's vivid song cycle.

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January 7, 2009 Gifted young musicians perform with panache, playing works from Beethoven to Ravel.

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July 2, 2008 Young musicians from around the country gather in Vermont to show off their outstanding skills.

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June 17, 2005 Joyce Yang comes to NPR fresh from her win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Interviews & Profiles

Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, circa 1886. The 200th anniversary of his birth falls on Oct. 22.

October 20, 2011 Hear the acclaimed pianist discuss and spin his favorite Liszt recordings.

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October 13, 2009 Franz Liszt's multi-layered sonata can spark a powerful emotional experience in the listener.

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July 28, 2009 The great pianist's private recordings from Carnegie Hall are being released for the first time.

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Discover Songs

The Annual Deceptive Cadence Halloween Puzzler

October 28, 2010 Test your knowledge of creepy classics by taking this interactive Halloween quiz. If you dare.

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October 13, 2009 Franz Liszt's multi-layered sonata can spark a powerful emotional experience in the listener.

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November 1, 2006 Pianist Iren Marik gets at exactly what's needed to bring each piece alive and adds nothing more.

News

Illustration of Franz Liszt. The Hungarian composer and pianist revolutionized the art of performance.

October 22, 2011 The classical pianist changed the art of performance forever with his over-the-top concerts.

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Hungarian composer and pianist Franz Liszt wrote incredibly difficult music, music that only he was capable of playing.

October 21, 2011 Commentator Miles Hoffman reflects on the influential composer's legacy 200 years after his birth.

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Reviews

Behzod Abduraimov.

May 1, 2012 A fabulous debut recording from a 21-year-old pianist who's poised to take the world by storm.

Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin has the key to unlocking the greatness of composer Franz Liszt.

March 7, 2011 In concert this past weekend, pianist Evgeny Kissin proved that his Liszt was impossible to resist.

July 28, 2009 The great pianist's private recordings from Carnegie Hall are being released for the first time.

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More Stories

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April 18, 2005 When pianist Laura Rosser performs, she hears colors -- each note has its own associated hue.

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April 1, 2005 The Van Cliburn gold medalist performs music from Scarlatti and Liszt in Studio 4A.

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August 17, 2004 Pianist Naida Cole plays the Mephisto Waltz by Liszt at the La Jolla SummerFest 2004.

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April 8, 2007 Pianist Yundi Li discusses his album and his interpretation of Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1.

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New categories at the 2012 Olympics.

July 27, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Sorry, son. In order top play Liszt you would need to be an octopus.

October 21, 2011 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Dmitri Shostakovich topped our informal "who's the most badass composer" poll.

June 27, 2011 An idle query on Twitter ignites a fun debate.

Violinist Nigel Kennedy

March 1, 2011 There's plenty of headbanging in the staid world of Bach and Brahms. Tell us your favorite pieces.

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October 24, 2008 The Halloween candy might be sweet, but not these timless creepy classics.

NPR Artist Directory

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Liszt: My Piano Hero

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  • Album: Liszt: My Piano Hero
  • Artist: Lang Lang
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • Released: 2011
 

Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall - The Private Collection

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  • Album: Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall - The Private Collection
  • Artist: Vladimir Horowitz
  • Label: RCA Red Seal
  • Released: 2009
 

Chopin Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1

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  • Album: Chopin Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Artist: Yundi Li
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 2007
 

Bartók at the Piano-1

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  • Album: Bartók at the Piano-1
  • Artist: Béla Bartók
  • Label: Hungaroton
  • Released: 1998
 

Liszt: Piano Recital

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  • Album: Liszt: Piano Recital
  • Artist: Leif Ove Andsnes
  • Label: Angel
  • Released: 2001
 

Liszt: Wild and Crazy

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  • Album: Liszt: Wild and Crazy
  • Artist: Various
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 2011
 

Marc-André Hamelin plays Liszt

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  • Album: Marc-André Hamelin plays Liszt
  • Artist: Marc-André Hamelin
  • Label: Hyperion
  • Released: 1997
 

Sonatas & Etudes by Chopin, Scriabin, Liszt & Ligeti

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  • Album: Sonatas & Etudes by Chopin, Scriabin, Liszt & Ligeti
  • Artist: Yuja Wang
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 2009
 

Franz Liszt: A Faust Symphony

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  • Album: Franz Liszt: A Faust Symphony
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
 

William Kapell Edition (Box Set)

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  • Album: William Kapell Edition (Box Set)
  • Artist: William Kapell
  • Label: RCA Red Seal
  • Released: 1998
 

Icon: Dinu Lipatti [Box Set]

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  • Album: Icon: Dinu Lipatti [Box Set]
  • Artist: Dinu Lipatti
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • Released: 2008
 

Liszt: Sonatas, Ballands and Polonaises

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  • Album: Liszt: Sonatas, Ballands and Polonaises
  • Artist: Stephen Hough
  • Label: Hyperion
  • Released: 2000
 

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana/Igor Stravinsky:The Firebird Suite

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  • Album: Carl Orff: Carmina Burana/Igor Stravinsky:The Firebird Suite
  • Artist: Leopold Stokowski
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 1994
 

Instrument of the Devil

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  • Album: Instrument of the Devil
  • Artist: Rachel Barton Pine
  • Label: Cedille
  • Released: 1998
 

Mephisto Magic

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  • Album: Mephisto Magic
  • Artist: Georg Solti
  • Label: London
  • Released: 1994
 

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14; Love Scene from Roméo et Juliette

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  • Album: Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14; Love Scene from Roméo et Juliette
  • Artist: Paavo Järvi
  • Label: Telarc
 

Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals

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  • Album: Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals
  • Artist: Charles Dutoit
  • Label: London
  • Released: 1986
 

Iren Marik

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  • Album: Iren Marik
  • Artist: From Bach to Bartok: Recordings 1956-1983