Musée d'Orsay: Liszt and Paraphrase

Liszt and Paraphrase


Félix VallottonThe third gallery at the Théâtre du Châtelet© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Although today Franz Liszt is recognised as one of the great names in music, his fame is not unequivocal. His taste for a sometimes gratuitous virtuosity, the relentless prejudice of the purists, and the broad scope of his oeuvre, are all factors which, in this his bi-centenary year, prompt a more detailed consideration of an art that owed so much to its century, while heralding the innovations of Wagner or even Debussy.
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.

Raúl Herrera, piano
Felipe Villanueva
Vals Poético
Mazurka no. 3
Alfredo Carrasco
Mazurka no. 8
Ernesto Elorduy
Nebulosa, album-leaf
María Luisa, salon mazurka
Ricardo Castro
Polonaise no. 1, op.11
Caprice-Waltz, op.1
Vals Azul
Manuel M. Ponce
Intermezzo no. 1
Guateque, tempo di danzón
Balada Mexicana
Franz Liszt
Liebestraum no. 1
Forgotten Waltz no. 1


In collaboration with the Festivale d'Automne

Festival d'Automne 2011
Sat 22 October 2011 - 12h30
Sat 22 October 2011 - 16h00
Sun 23 October 2011 - 12h30
Sun 23 October 2011 - 16h00
Musée d'Orsay

Salle des Fêtes

Nicolas Stavy, piano
Franz Liszt
Petrarch Sonnet no.104
Six consolations S.172
, extract from Poetic and Religious Harmonies
The Blessing of God in Solitude
From the Cradle to the Grave
, transcription for piano
After Reading Dante


In collaboration with Yamaha

Thu 3 November 2011 - 20h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium, level -2

Dezsö Ranki, piano
Edit Klukon, piano
Franz Liszt
Faust Symphony, for two pianos, S.647
Barnabás Dukay
..., who rest in their own silence, sound poem for two pianos
Visions heard of Light and Love, canons and symphonies for two pianos

Thu 17 November 2011 - 20h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium, level -2

Liszt in Hungary

Ryutaru Suzuki, Théo Fouchenret, Tom Grimaud, Yun Qiu Wu, Florian Chabbert, Guilhem Fabre, Gabriel Tran, Lise Charrin, Victor Métral, Josquin Otal, Marie Dusquesnois and Simon Ghraichy, pianos
Franz Liszt
Homage to Laszio Teleki
Hungarian Rhapsodies, nos 1, 4, 5, 16, 17 and 18
Béla Bartók
Dance Suite
Zoltan Kodaly
Marossrek Dances, for solo piano
György Kurtág
Eight piano pieces, op. 3
Péter Eötvös
Kosmos, for two pianos


In collaboration with the Paris National Conservatory for Music and Dance

Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris
Thu 8 December 2011 - 20h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

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