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Posts Tagged ‘Franz Liszt’

This is what real musical talent looks like.

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

Your Wiccapundit lurves him some classical music, particularly piano music of the Romantic period.  Franz Liszt was possibly the first rockstar musician, what with women screaming and fainting at his concerts and throwing their hankies at him.  (Pace Tom Jones, they probably would have thrown their underwear, but corsets are a bit much… .)  Furthermore, Roger Daltrey played Liszt in Lisztomania, the 1973 Ken Russell-directed psychedelic biopic of the man, with Rick Wakeman appearing in the film as Thor, the Nordic god of thunder.  How cool is that?  To give you an idea of what the film is like, it makes Tommy look normal.

Perhaps Liszt’s most famous composition is the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, which I can attest is a beast to play.  I now have a new favorite interpretation of this masterpiece.  Here is the performance by the superb Russian pianist Valentina Lisitsa.   She has immaculate technique, but it is ever in the service of the musicality.  Her dynamic control is extraordinary.  As you watch this, mind you that there was no video trickery used to make her fingers appear to move faster, and that this live performance was the encore.

Enjoy.

Take that, Miley Cyrus.

 

 

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