Bicentennial of Franz Liszt to be celebrated

Posted Oct. 07, 2011, at 10:29 p.m.

BELFAST — Liszt interpreter Laura Kargul of Freeport will celebrate the bicentennial of Franz Liszt with a selection of her favorite works for solo piano at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the First Church in Belfast.

Kargul will perform a variety of selections including the “Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude” (Blessing of God in Solitude) and the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12.

As the pre-eminent piano virtuoso of the 19th century, Franz Liszt was renowned during his lifetime for his innovations in piano technique. He is considered to have been one of the most influential and original composers of his era, having introduced the symphonic poem and

the revolutionary concept of atonality, as well as foreshadowing the colors and harmonies of the impressionist style.

Kargul also will play several of Liszt’s transcriptions of works by other composers including the “Liebestod” of Wagner, Schumann’s “Widmung” and the opera paraphrase of “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Donizetti.

Kargul has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, adjudicator, lecturer and master class technician throughout Europe and the United States, in Canada and the West Indies. Her solo performances have been greeted with critical acclaim in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Diligentia Theater in Den Haag, the Schleswig-Holstein and Nordhessen music festivals in Germany, the Evian Music Festival in France, and the Lesvos Arts Festival in Greece. Kargul has been the director of the keyboard program at the University of Southern Maine since 1989.

Kargul is one of few artists invited to perform a full recital on Liszt’s own Bechstein piano at the Liszt-Haus in Weimar, Germany. She has recorded a solo CD of Liszt transcriptions, “Liszt and Ravel: Transcriptions for Piano,” produced by Grammy winner Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering.

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