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The Franz Liszt 200th Anniversary Celebration Year closes...but his imperishable music continues to inspire...

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I must say I agree with Vladimir Ashkenazy when he was asked to 'comment on Mozart'. What an one possibly say on the subject?  The infantile contemporary response so beloved of Facebook:  Like - Don't like? 

When I am confronted with the music of any of the great composers, so much has been written that anything I could say is bound to be redundant, bordering on the dull, pretentious or conventional. However this year there has been a sea-change in my attitude to the genius Monsieur F. Liszt.
I have heard this year many of his orchestral works for the first time including some great performances of the Faust  symphony, symphonic poems, the late piano works and the rarely performed Via Crucis. Daniil Trifonov gave an unforgettable performance of the first Mephisto Waltz at Duszniki Zdroj reminding one what a great revolutionary he was in extending piano technique and the emotions capable of expression on the keyboard.

Concerning the keybo…