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Repertoire Liszt Competition 2020

 

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Sample programmes with former prize winners

Click on a name or photo to see the repertoire choices of our former prize winners.

Mariam Batsashvili Mengjie Han Minsoo Hong
Dina Ivanova Peter Klimo Michael Lewin
Vitaly Pisarenko Wibi Soerjadi Alexander Ullman


GENERAL OBSERVATIONS

1. The jury is looking for imaginative programming and repertoire choices;
2. Any piece played in the selection rounds may be repeated in a subsequent round;
3. Of course, the two recital programmes in the semifinal round must not contain any repertoire in common;
4. With the exceptions of the Busoni version of the Rapsodie espagnole and the Saint-Saëns version of Orpheus, no arrangements of Liszt’s music by other composers may be included in the candidates’ repertoires.

Phase 1.
INTERNATIONAL SELECTION ROUNDS

(6-18 September 2019) a solo recital of maximum 30 minutes – free choice of Liszt’s works, including one item from Category A and one from Category B and two from Category C:

CATEGORY A

a. Die Lorelei (2nd version)
b.Trois Caprices-Valses, 214: no. 1 Valse de bravoure
c. Pastorale – Schnitterchor, S508
d. Faribolo pastour, S236/1
e. La romanesca, S252a/ii
f. ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’ Praeludium nach J S Bach, S179 [NOT S180]
g. Vexilla Regis prodeunt, S185
h. Mephisto-Waltz no. 3, S216
i. Trauervorspiel und Trauermarsch, S206
j. Cantique d’amour, S173/10
k. Dem Andenken Petöfis.Petöfi Szellemenek, S195
and Bagatelle sans tonalité, S216a

CATEGORY B

a. Beethoven/Liszt: An die ferne Geliebte, S469 (complete)
b. Adelaïde von L. van Beethoven, S466iii [final version]
c. Trois Caprices-Valses, S214: no. 3 Valse de concert sur deux motifs de Lucia et Parisina
d. I puritani – Introduction et Polonaise de l’opéra de Bellini, S391
e. Marche funèbre et Cavatine de la Lucia di Lammermoor de Donizetti, S398
f. Episode de la vie d’un artiste – Grande Symphonique fantastique par Hector Berlioz, S470: II Un bal
g. Episode de la vie d’un artiste – Grande Symphonique fantastique par Hector Berlioz, S470: IV Marche au supplice
h. Sarabande und Chaconne über Themen aus dem Singspiel Almira von G. F. Händel, S181
i. Schubert/Liszt: Die jonge Nonne, S558/6 and Die Taubenpost, S560/13

CATEGORY C

Two of the following Liszt song transcriptions from Beethoven’s Lieder von Goethe, S468 or Beethoven’s Geistliche Lieder von Gellert, S467:

a. “Mignon”, Kennst du das Land, opus 75/1, S468/1
b. “Mit einem gemalten Bande”, opus 83/3, S468/2
c. “Freudvoll und leidvoll”, opus 84/4, S468/3
d. “Mephistos Flohlied”, Es war einmal ein König, opus 75/3, S468/4
e. “Wonne der Wehmut”, opus 83/1, S468/5
f. “Die Trommel gerühret”, opus 84/1, S468/6
g. “Gottes Macht und Vorsehung”, opus 48/5, S467/1
h. “Bitten”, opus 48/1, S467/2
i. “Bußlied”, opus 48/6, S467/3
j. “Vom Tode”, opus 48/3, S467/4
k. “Die Liebe des Nächsten”, opus 48/2, S467/5
l. “Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur (Die Himmel rühmen)”, opus 48/3, S467/6

Phase 2.
THE FESTIVAL 

(14-22 March 2020) consisting of 3 recitals in which a maximum of 14 candidates will participate.

RECITAL 1
‘ORIGINALS’

Solo Recital (approximately 45’, maximum of 50’) – one of the following items, with free choice of any further piece(s) by Liszt or Beethoven:

a. Variationen über das Motif von J S Bach: ‘Weinen,
Klagen’, S180 AND Großes Konzertsolo, S176
b. Ballades 1 & 2, S170 & S171 AND Apparitions, S155/1-3
c. Années de pèlerinage III, S163/1-7
d. Two Polonaises, S223 AND Four Rapsodies
hongroises, S244/16, 17, 18 and 19
e. Légendes, S175/1 & 2 AND Scherzo und Marsch, S177
f. Trois Odes funèbres: Les morts, S516; La notte,
S516a; Le triomphe funèbre du Tasse, S517
g. Six Consolations, S172 AND Illustrations du
Prophète, S414: No. 2 – Les patineurs: Scherzo
h. Weihnachtsbaum, S186/1-12 i.
i Der Buch der Lieder für Piano Allein II, ‘Oh! Quand je dors’, S536; Comment, disaient-ils, S535; Enfant, si j’étais roi, S537; S’il est un charmant gazon, S538; La tombe et la rose, S539; Gastibelza, S540 and Die drei heiligen Könige – Marsch (aus Christus), S498b/2

RECITAL 2
‘ CHAMBER MUSIC’

Performance of trios with violin and cello – one of the following pairs of works:

a. Liszt: Tristia – La vallée d’Obermann, S378a (first version) and Beethoven: Allegretto in B flat major, WoO39
b. Liszt/Saint-Saens: Orpheus S98 and Beethoven: Trio in E flat major, WoO38
c. Liszt: Ungarische Rhapsodie Nr. 9, Pester Karnaval, S379 and Beethoven: Variations in E flat major, opus 44
d. Liszt: Tristia, S378c (third version) and Beethoven: Variationen über ‘Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu’, opus 121a

RECITAL 3
‘TRANSCRIPTIONS’

Solo Recital (approximately 40’, maximum 45’) – one of the following items, with the added free choice (timings permitting) of any further Liszt transcriptions of other composers’ works:

a. Symphonies de Beethoven, S464: No. 1 in C major
b. Symphonies de Beethoven, S464: No. 2 in D Major
c. Symphonies de Beethoven, S464:
No. 3 in E flat major – movements 1, 2 & 3
d. Symphonies de Beethoven, S464: No. 3 in E flat major – movements 2, 3 & 4
e. Symphonies de Beethoven, S464: No. 4 in B Flat major
f. Symphonies de Beethoven, S464: No. 5 in C minor
g. Symphonies de Beethoven, S464: No. 6 in F Major
h. Symphonies de Beethoven, S464: No. 7 in A Major
i. Symphonies de Beethoven, S464: No. 8 in F major
j. Symphonies de Beethoven, S464: No. 9 in in D minor – movements 1, 2 & 3
k. Symphonies de Beethoven, S464: No. 9 in in D minor – movements 3 & 4
l. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op.106 (Hammerklavier)

Phase 3.
THE FINALS

consisting of two rounds, in which 3 candidates will participate:

SOLO FINAL
(25 March 2020)

A signature recital of up to 30 minutes, with completely free choice of works by Liszt (original pieces, fantasies or transcriptions) and/or Beethoven, but no Beethoven/ Liszt transcriptions. Pieces performed in earlier rounds may be included.

FINAL WITH ORCHESTRA
(28 March 2020)

Two concertante works by Liszt:
Obligatory work:

• Fantasie über Motive aus Beethovens Ruinen von
Athen, S122

and one of the following works:

a. Fantasie über Ungarische Volksmelodiën, S123
b. Rapsodie espagnole, S254 arr. for piano and orchestra by Busoni
c. Totentanz – Paraphrase über “Dies iræ”, S126ii

Besides the International Piano Competition held every three years, the Liszt Competition also hosts a number of other concerts and events.

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