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Schubert, Liszt & Rubinstein

Schubert: Fantasy in C, D760 ('Wanderer')
Liszt: Danza sacra and duetto finale from 'Aida', S436; 'RĂ©miniscences de Boccanegra'
Verdi: Romanza senza parole; Valzer in fa maggiore
Liszt: 'Rigoletto: paraphrase de concert (after Verdi)', S434; 'Isoldes Liebestod aus Tristan und Isolde'
Wagner: 'Albumblatt'
Anton Rubinstein: Piano Sonata No 1 in E minor Op. 12

Leslie Howard, piano

Wigmore Hall, 21 July 2013

Leslie Howard’s sixty-fifth birthday celebratory recital found him in great form and undaunted by the heatwave. As one eminent journalist was heard to say, "he doesn't look a day over 64 !"

Howard's programme celebrated also two great bicentenarians, and two great trailblazers. A strenuous first half was followed after the interval by even more impressive pianism.

The Tristan Liebestod transcription was very beautiful and the young Rubinstein's first sonata was revelatory, both for its virtuso composition and Howard's realisation of its horrendous difficulties with Melody in F as encore. And note that the whole recital was given by memory !

The Wigmore Hall bans photos so here's one of him from his website.

Howard is a phenomenon; a renowned scholar/performer and so join the celebrations by enjoying one of his Liszt discoveries from the collection free to all on YouTube.

Hyperion has a boxed set of 99 discs in honour of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Liszt !

Peter Grahame Woolf