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Liszt: Années de Pelerinage - Frederic Chiu. © 2001 harmonia mundi usa

Bursting its banks by the Danube in March 1838 and the disastrous flooding of the low-lying right-bank city of Pest were major factors in Liszt's resuming his staggering virtuoso career and the break with Marie d'Agoult, mother of his three children, including the formidable Cosima, who was to stir as much scandal as Marie and eventually dominate the sacred mount at Bayreuth. While in Italy, Liszt gave recitals in Milan, where he never established friendly contact with the inhabitants and was once asked to extemporise on the subject of the railway station. But it was there he was inspired by a Raphael in the Brera Gallery, The Marriage of the Virgin, to write 'Sposalizio'. A sculpture was the source of 'Il penseroso', The Thinker by Michelangelo, who ponders the tomb of Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence. The contemplative and thoughtful piece shows Liszt at his most serious and attractive [listen -- track 2, 1:38-2:56].

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Copyright © 18 December 2002 Robert Anderson, London, UK


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