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The life, music, and career of Franz Liszt were equally unconventional and groundbreaking for his time. Siepmann's concise biography defines Liszt's glamour and mystique, and the accompanying musical selections highlight what was so distinctive and revolutionary in the great composer/pianist's work. The text, narrated by Siepmann, with Neville Jason narrating as Liszt, is well paced and illuminating. Additional voices render contemporary letters and journals. The center of this production is the musical selections, which pick up their cue from the text and expand our understanding and appreciation of the music for its own sake and for the tumultuous life that produced it - and for life itself, in all its beauty, tumult, and mystery.

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We celebrate the bi-centenary of Franz Liszt’s birth in 2011. His life was as daring and spectacular as his music. Famed throughout Europe as the greatest pianist of the 19th century, Liszt was one of the most original and prophetic composers who ever lived. Beautiful in youth, glowering in age, his high-profile love affairs were the talk of the town wherever he went and his generosity to young musicians was legendary. In this account of his epic life, actors’ readings combine with plentiful musical excerpts to paint a living portrait of a highly complex man.

©2001 Jeremy Siepmann (P)2011 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • Rodney Fielding
  • 04-28-18

Fine study of a genius and great man

Another of Jeremy Siepmann's excellent studies of great composers. I knew very little about the life of Liszt, though know many of his works. Mr Siepmann tells his story with relish and verve, and my only complaint is that it was not twice or three times as long - hence my score of four stars only. There was compensation in the PDF I received with more material. Liszt's genius showed itself in several different ways, but above all his compositions of course. It would have been wonderful to hear him play.