Listen to Beatrice Berrut's latest album: Athanor

The latest album of concert pianist Beatrice Berrut features pieces written for piano and orchestra by Franz Liszt. Immerse yourself in the passionate and visionary universe of the founder of the Neue Weimarer Schule.

Athanor: de התנור (ha tanur) the furnace.
The furnace used by alchemists in their search for the philosopher’s matter is indispensable for the maturation of the Great Work. By extension, this furnace, in the shape of a matrix, has become a symbol of their quest for perfection and the absolute. And that is where Liszt agreed with the alchemists. Eternally dissatisfied, he said that ‘the persistent search for the best possible characterises the true artist’. This search not only had an aesthetic dimension but was also of a moral order, as attest his homage to Paganini: ‘The artist’s role is to awaken and maintain in souls the enthusiasm and passion of Beauty, so close to the passion of Good’.

Why these three works on a same album?

All three were, of course, written for piano and large orchestra. However it seems to me that there is a strong link between them beyond form. Their joint particularity is their very long gestation: it took 23 years between the first sketch and public performance of the first Concerto, 22 years between the earliest sketches and definitive publication of the second, and 20 years between the rough draft of Totentanz and the version recorded here. The twenty-odd years’ gestation that these works spent in Liszt’s athanor was evidently determining: without those years of doubt and constant rethinking of the first sketches, these concertos would never have come down to us in such accomplished form.

Franz Liszt’s work is a magnificent gift to mankind, which Beethoven had predicted when Liszt was 11: ‘Go! You are one of the fortunate ones for you will bring joy and happiness to many others! There is nothing better or finer!’

Beatrice Berrut, Athanor

Life shaped by music

1985, Valais, Switzerland: Beatrice Berrut, born in the Swiss Alps in the canton of Valais, spends most of her childhood with her sister conquering the hills and mountains of her home valley. The inspiration found in the marvellous landscape, the stoic Alpine giants carved ancient rock, and the fascination by nature itself accompany her to this day on her musical journeys.

Concerts & Events

The best way to experience music is live and in good company. Share these particular moments of emotion and visit Beatrice Berrut’s concerts in your area.

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Date City Venue Country
06/10/18 Kortrijk Concertstudio BE
Time: 20:00. Address: Conservatoriumplein 2.

Piano recital. Transcriptions of works by Mahler and Wagner, piano works by Liszt.

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20/10/18 Raiding Liszt Festival Raiding AT
Time: 19:30.

Piano recital. Works by Liszt and Bach. Recorded by Austrian National Radio.

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13/01/19 Montpellier Piano Intime FR
Time: 18:00. Address: 6, Rue Levat.

Piano recital. Works by Liszt and transcriptions of works by Mahler.

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VIDEO | Mahler’s midsummer night’s dream

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Mahler spent the summer of 1893 in Steinbach on the Attersee near Salzburg. That year he became a “summer composer,” establishing the pattern that would suit him the rest of his life—working on his music during the long summer days in the countryside, then returning to the hectic life of a conductor and the tiresome…

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VIDEO | Liszt and Murnau : a common fascination for Faust

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The demon Mephisto has a bet with an Archangel that he can corrupt a righteous man’s soul and destroy in him what is divine. If he succeeds, the Devil will win dominion over earth. The Devil delivers a plague to the village where Faust, an elderly alchemist, lives. Though he prays to stop the death…

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Programme concept: Exile

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Facing exile as well as being away from homelands has been the source of inspiration and creativity for composers and musicians since centuries. Wagner composes his Wesendonck Lieder when he was banished from Sachsen and is forced to live in Zürich. Mahler refers to himself as being homeless and exiled threefold: „As a Bohemian among…

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