Monday, 14 January 2019


I heard Sigad Rausing (Granta publisher, writer and philanthropist) on Private Passions at the weekend (BBC Radio 3).  She signed off with a recording of a piece played as an encore by the pianist Igor Levit at the first night of the proms in 2017.  She described the piece as a 'lament'.

The piece was Liszt's piano transcription of Beethoven's Ode to Joy from the Ninth Symphony.  The Ode to Joy just happens to be the European anthem.  The way he played could only be described as a lament with defiance.

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