REGULAR FEATURES 6 LETTERS Your thoughts and comments

7 NEWS & NOTES Stephen Hough awarded a knighthood ••• New York Liszt Competition opens applications ••• Casio launches Wellness Hub

55 MASTERCLASS Leslie Howard undertakes a deep textual analysis of Liszt’s Dante Sonata

59 RETURNING TO THE PIANO III – Movements (Part 1)

63 SHEET MUSIC Nostalgie by Zygmunt Noskowski

70 READY FOR ACTION Yamaha’s new CFX concert grand

72 A MUSICAL MARRIAGE Brenda Luca Ogdon on her life with John

74-80 NEW RELEASES CDs and sheet music

82 MUSIC OF MY LIFE British pianist Mark Viner










5 EDITORIAL Devotees and detractors

THE MAN 10 DIVINE DISCONTENT How Liszt’s artistry sprang from profound contradictions in his personality

12 ALL-EMBRACING SPIRIT We survey the rich heritage of contemporary accounts of Liszt

15 LISZT IN IMAGES Bringing Liszt’s portrait to life through technology

THE PERFORMER 17 DEFINING LISZT Six leading Liszt exponents explore the composer’s unique soundworld

22 PIANIST AS ACTOR Paul Roberts examines Liszt’s role as progenitor of the solo piano recital

27 CLASH OF THE TITANS What can we learn from Liszt’s famous ‘piano duel’ with Sigismond Thalberg?

REPERTOIRE 33 LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS Intimations of death and hope for eternal life in Années de pèlerinage

36 LISZT AND THE LIEDER Lyricism and virtuosity in the composer’s transcriptions of Schubert songs

40 EXPERIMENTS WITH FORM Alexander Ullman on how Liszt stretched the boundaries of Classical genres

RECORDINGS 42 LISTENER’S GUIDE Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 2 in A major

47 TOP 10 RECORDINGS Gramophone’s pick of the best Liszt piano albums

CODA 49 BOOKS Liszt’s obsession with fantasy

50 WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE? Jeremy Nicholas mounts a spirited defence against Liszt’s critics

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