Friday, August 5, 2011

Liszt & the Ladies

Sounds like a sketch on Saturday Night Live doesn't it? Franz Liszt's father Adam said the something like the following near the end of his life, "I fear for Franz and the influence women would have on him". Liszt's first love was so powerful that when the girl's father forbid the relationship, the pianist was reported in the Paris newspapers to have died. If it were not for the women in Liszt's life we wouldn't have the music we hear on the Piano this Sunday.

On the program this week new recordings of Liszt with two very different women pianists. Fuzjiko Hemming plays the 1st Concerto and Au bord d'une Source and the young Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan offers a knock-out reading of Liszt's great Sonata in b minor.

Hear it all on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC and KTXI.

host, Randy Anderson

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