Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Liebestraum(e)" by Franz Liszt.

OK, back to the classics: Franz Liszt wrote and published these three technically challenging piano soli in 1850 based on amorous poems by Uhland and Freiligrath. By far the best-loved one is the 3rd, subtitled "Notturno", about "mature and unconditional love". Three separate variations upon the same melody separated by fast and difficult cadenzas, it is a standard on most pianists' repertoires.

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