Busoni’s Elegies of 1907 mark a turning point in the composer’s oeuvre from the traditional to the experimental. No. 3 draws its inspiration from a Lutheran chorale bearing the title Meine Seele bangt und hofft zu Dir… (My soul trembles and hopes of Thee…) and conveying the feeling of anxiety and awe.
The literary world was an important source of inspiration to Liszt, and much of his works directly respond to poetry or prose. His three Petrarca Sonnets of 1849, a poetic journey of love and desire, will be at the heart of this programme. Sonnet 47, a poetic declaration of love is followed by Sonnet 104, which communicates emotional struggle and the feeling of being torn apart. The final Sonnet 123 is filled with transcendental beauty and otherworldliness.
These works will be performed alongside other pieces from Liszt’s Annees de Pelerinage.
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