“As Liszt sat there at the pianoforte, his personality, that expression of strong passions in his pale face, gave me, first of all, the impression of something demonic. He seemed nailed to the instrument, out of which the tones were flowing; they were coming from his blood, from his thoughts, he was a demon who had to play to free his soul.”
Hans Christian Andersen’s description of the virtuoso
All his life, Franz Liszt was a traveller between worlds – a pianist, composer, conductor, teacher and patron who felt at home everywhere in Europe. Constantly in search of musical innovation, he had the gift of being able to integrate a tremendous variety of influences into his own work.
In 2011, which marks the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth, all of Burgenland will resound with music. The number of concerts being presented throughout the province in the jubilee year is impressive.
The Liszt Festival Raiding is celebrating the occasion with international stars and innovative ideas. ORGELockenhaus will put the spotlight on Liszt’s sacred works, with an ambitious festival programme that includes performances of his organ works in churches. Gidon Kremer’s unusual Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival is also devoting its 30th anniversary year to Franz Liszt. Himmel & Haydn (“Heaven & Haydn”) at Bergkirche church in Eisenstadt will offer a fascinating mix of Liszt, Haydn and modern composition as well as the Stations of the Cross in stone and sound.
New, interdisciplinary compositions will be created in the context of the project projet: pèlerin. In Oberschu?tzen an international scientific symposion „The unknown Liszt“ will be held by the University of Art/Graz and the Museum of the Province of Burgenland. And the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt is organising a series of international lectures and workshops with concluding concerts.