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Liszt: The Pilgrimage Years / Film by Angelo Bozzolini [DVD]

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>Liszt, Franz : Work(s)

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In this documentary, is the life of one of history's most extraordinary virtuosos, Franz Liszt. Narrated through the reading of original letters and diaries written both by Liszt and Marie d'Agoult with commentarty from many Liszt experts (including Charles Rosen, Leslie Howard, Antonio Pappano and Evgeny Kissin) explore the early life and times of this incredible talent. Compelling, intriguing, mesmerizing - this is a story of passion, obsession, love and loss - an excellent portrayal of such an iconic composer.

Its manifold strengths are more than praiseworthy. I think most viewers will find Liszt: The Pilgrimage Years both entertaining and informative. It is a pleasure to encounter a portrayal of this long, complicated, and prolific life handled with sensitivity and intelligence.

The carnal and the spiritual, the mundane and the mystical, the artificial and the real of his music are manifested throughout the documentary, and his unwavering faith that made him become, and the old man in a Franciscan warty. The director tiptoes through the pearls of his catalog, including the latest and most significant, obsessed with exploring doors that nobody had passed (then shut with a bang the Debussy, Bartok, Satie and Messiaen). Music that are essentially pure sound bliss, with that magical aura of reflection of what was once a lifetime.

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The narration gives a good overview of Liszt's highly eventful life, from his piano debut in Paris at the tender age of 12 through the public wave of adulation that Heine dubbed "Lisztomania", past a succession of passionate love affairs, and on to the final rise of his Catholicism in the taking of minor clerical orders late in life. Kissin has some priceless observations on this late triumph of faith, after Liszt's succession of flagrant love affairs.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 62 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1


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>Liszt, Franz : Work(s)
  • Period Time: Romantic