Russell Sherman- Transcendental Etudes

Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes
with pianist
Russell Sherman

Russell Sherman, NEC Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, performs the complete Transcendental Etudes by Franz Liszt, an hour-long work made up of twelve movements. Sherman recorded the Etudes for Vanguard Records in 2004. In Fall 2008, Avie Records will release a live performance by Sherman of the Etudes performed at New York’s Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts on DVD. Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase at tonight’s concert.

Several of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes have direct relations to poetry and visual images:

Etude No. 4 was inspired by Victor Hugo’s poem Mazeppa, from his collection of poetry entitled Les Orientales. Etude No. 5, “Feux Follets”, was inspired by will-o’-the-wisps, which are lambent flames seen over marshes and fens, said to be caused by ignited marsh gas. Etude No. 11 is considered one of the most painterly of Liszt’s Etudes. The visual image this etude creates is of a man who is sitting outside, listening to the evening melodies drifting in the air, be it bells from a church nearby, or singing in some far-off choir. And Etude No. 12, “Visual Image”, conjures up the image of impetuous winds raising whirls of snow.

On September 5, Sherman will be in conversation with NEC piano department chair Bruce Brubaker as part of NEC’s weekly piano performance seminar series.

Free Admission
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall
September 25, 2008 at 8pm
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