Originally Posted by Quinto
Martha Argerich started my love for classical piano years ago when I stumbled by accident over her Liszt B-minor sonata.. It blew me of my socks and the piano quest started for me..
Originally Posted by Ridleyguy
His "Transcendental Etudes" are also a must if you love Liszt!
Thanks for those recommendations. Most of my Liszt collection is from my grandmother, she had quite a collection of LPs and liked piano concertos the most; Liszt was by far her favorite. I really need to dig those records out of storage, as it's been awhile since we listened together and I do miss them (and my grandmother as well ^-^).
A little more about Franz Liszt:
As a composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the "Neudeutsche Schule" ("New German School"); he hailed from Hungary originally.
As a performer, Liszt became renowned throughout Europe during the 19th century for his great skill. He was said by his contemporaries to have been the most technically advanced pianist of his age and perhaps the greatest pianist of all time.
There are few, if any, good sources that give an impression of how Liszt really sounded from the 1820s. Carl Czerny, an Austrian pianist, composer and Liszt's teacher, claimed Liszt was a natural who played according to feeling, and reviews of his concerts especially praise the brilliance, strength and precision in his playing. At least one critic also mentions his ability to absolutely never change tempo, which may be due to his father's insistence that he practice with a metronome.
Liszt was also quite an accomplished author, with many published essays on the arts; he also wrote a book about Chopin, as well as a book about the Romanis (Gypsies) and their music in Hungary.
In the 1860's he suffered debilitating personal tragedies in his life, and entered a monastery of the Franciscan order where excelled as a monk. On April 25, 1865, he received the tonsure at the hands of Cardinal Hohenlohe; following this he was sometimes called the Abbé Liszt. He received the four minor orders on July 31, 1865, porter, lector, exorcist!
, and acolyte.
As a piano teacher, quite a few of his students went on to successful performance careers of their own.