“I cannot help but marvel at the greatness, the endless musical imagination, and spiritual richness of Ferenc Liszt! I have been playing his enchanting poetry for piano every day for more than 40 years now; the world of his works is my daily bread. We are celebrating the bicentenary of his birth this year, and I performed a solo recital of his compositions at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall last spring. Now, as the end of the year draws nigh, I am inviting fans of romanticism to a special ...evening of orchestral music. First of all, I am going to take the stage – already prepared for performing the piano concertos, but as yet without the members of the orchestra – to play Liszt’s monumental piano piece, “Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude”. He played this meditative masterpiece for decades at his afternoon concerts, and every one of its notes exalts the soul to our Creator. This will be followed by the concerto in E-flat Major, whose brilliant piano part strives for unity with the consonance of the orchestral parts – which participate as peers throughout – over a series of contrasts. After the intermission, I will play the “craziest” transcription of all time, again on solo piano. The Wagner-Liszt Tannhäuser Overture Concert Paraphrase has accompanied my entire career, and taught me to express myself on piano just the way I dreamt. Liszt’s idea – a piano is not just one instrument, it is one hundred! – is voiced most completely in this transubstantiation. The A Major piano concerto will be the concluding piece: it is no less dazzling, yet a more lyrical, and myriad coloured composition of musical magic that takes shape from a central idea, and takes us on a flight to Liszt’s endless and wonderful universe. Liszt professed what Saint Augustine stated as a revelation more than one thousand years before him, and also realised it in his music: God gave music to mankind to remind us of our spiritual home. Back at my concert in April, I was honoured to still have President Ferenc Mádl among the audience, whose loving-kindness helped me along my career for many, many years. His human stature, gentleness, and humility remains a grand example to me for as long as I have the opportunity to act during my earthly existence. I shall dedicate this concert to his memory as an expression of my gratitude.” Endre Hegedűs Presented by: Stúdió Liszt Kft.
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