Louis Lortie, Piano

Friday, March 7, 2014 | 8:00 pm

Baldwin Auditorium


The Los Angeles Times praised French Canadian pianist Louis Lortie for “his bravura, amazing display of color, and beautiful way with a melodic line,” calling “each an awesome aspect of a monster technique.” For select programs, he summons all of his technique and skill to perform just a single concert-length masterpiece.

At Duke Performances, Lortie offers a rare complete performance of the first two books of Franz Liszt’s magnum opus Années de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage). In virtuosic passages that swing between serene and stormy, the great Romantic composer conjures up memories of his love-struck younger years in Switzerland and Italy.

 

Program

Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage (Books 1 & 2)
Première année: Suisse
I. Chapelle de Guillaume Tell
II. Au lac de Wallenstadt
III. Pastorale
IV. Au bord d’une source
V. Orage
VI. Vallée d’Obermann
VII. Eglogue
VIII. Le mal du pays
IX. Les cloches de Genève: Nocturne

Deuxième année: Italie
I. Sposalizio
II. Il penseroso
III. Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa
IV. Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
V. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
VI. Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
VII. Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasia Quasi Sonata

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