Transcriptions, Lieder and choral works represent the least performed part of an immense catalogue. Tirelessly transforming his own works as well as those of others, copying in order to create, that is what brings him closer in his approach to both painters and three-dimensional artists. In fact, more importantly with Liszt, it is the paraphrase that, above all, brings out the sound qualities - resonance, texture, contrast of register - that make his scores resonate in an unprecedented way. For him, the musical content was always moving.
In Don Juan and Faust he embodies all the energetic vulgarity of the new century, its taste for the soapbox and crowds, revolutions and machines.