New album : Liszt's late works for piano

I have been walking in the footsteps of Franz Liszt for many years now, and after exploring his mature works in Metanoia, and his concertante works in Athanor, it was during the dark period of concert halls’ lockdown that I matured my interpretation of Franz Liszt’s late works.

The birth house and the Esterhazy’s hunting lodge

His late works are strange, they explore new modes – in form as well as in tonality – and already prefigure the music of the 20th century, violent, percussive, or ethereal and repetitive.

The recording was made on the Bösendorfer Vienna Concert no.100 – an instrument I am particularly fond of and which I have already played for the recording of Athanor – in a concert hall built in the garden of Franz Liszt’s birthplace in Raiding, Austria. As the recording took place during the strict lockdown in Austria, both me and the sound engineer were staying in a castle belonging to the Esterhazy family. We were the only souls of the place, and the mists that stretched outside gave us the illusion that we were physically evolving in the limbo of this mysterious music. We wouldn’t have been surprised to see Liszt himself appear in an alleyway in the park in its winter slumber.

The flight connection between Vienna and Geneva being restricted to a few flights a week because of the pandemic, I returned to Switzerland by train. The 14-hour journey made me feel what travel in the 19th century could be like, and enabled me to return to the 21st century smoothly.

«The wind dropped as I approached the tomb and I was no longer cold. I was gripped with indescribable emotion. Franz Liszt was buried there. I was close to him and I wanted to tell him that his music is my Grail and gives a sense to my life. I could not leave his side. I wanted to speak to him to ask him if he had found the God in whom he had such faith…»

From the booklet of LISZT : late works for piano.

A 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.

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Date City Venue Country
02/08/21 Saint-Luc Festival du Touno CH
Time: 20:00.

Piano Recital. Works by Mozart and Liszt.

04/08/21 Biarritz Festival de Piano de Biarritz FR
Time: 20:00.

Piano recital. Works by Mozart and Liszt.

06/08/21 St-Ursanne Festival Piano à St-Ursanne CH
Time: 20:00.

Piano recital. Works by Mozart and Liszt.

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