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Franz Liszt archive

New categories at the 2012 Olympics.

Read Faster, Higher, Louder

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

Behzod Abduraimov.

Read Meet Your New Piano Idol: Behzod Abduraimov

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

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

Watch How Franz Liszt Became The World's First Rock Star

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


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

Read On Playing The Transcententacle Etudes

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

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

Watch Franz Liszt At 200: An Important, But Not Great, Composer

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


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

Listen Guest DJ Leif Ove Andsnes' Liszt List

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


A lithograph of Franz Liszt, circa 1832.

Read Franz Liszt At 200: Performances At Boston's WGBH WGBH

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

Matthew Polenzani.

Listen A Listener's Guide To Schubert's 'Die Schone Mullerin' WGBH

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


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

Watch Which Composer Is The Biggest Badass?

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

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

Watch Evgeny Kissin Rocks the House: Or How I Learned to Love Liszt.

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

Violinist Nigel Kennedy

Watch Classical Music Shred-Fest: Which Pieces Get You Pumped Up?

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

The Annual Deceptive Cadence Halloween Puzzler

Read Bone-Chillers and Blood-Curdlers Puzzler

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

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

Listen Marc-Andre Hamelin: Sonatas By The Seashore WGBH

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


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Listen Liszt: Surmounting The Ultimate Piano Sonata

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


Listen Horowitz Rediscovered At Carnegie Hall

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


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