Pianist Tristan Lee performs nine pieces by Franz Liszt inspired by Italian art and literature.

Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage: Deuxième annéee: Italie (Years of pilgrimage: Second Year: Italy) is a set of seven pieces that pay homage to Italian art and literature. Inspired by the works of Raphael, Michelangelo, Petrarca and Dante, this cycle contains some of Liszt’s most beautiful and evocative piano music. Commencing with the serene Sposalizio, inspired by Raphael’s painting of the same name, Liszt’s journey through Italian art includes the three highly romantic and impassioned Sonetti del Petrarca, and the formidable Dante Sonata.

Liszt’s Deux légendes (Two Legends): No. 1 St François d’Assise: La prédication aux oiseaux (Saint Francis of Assisi’s Sermon to the Birds), and No. 2 St François de Paule marchant sur les flots (Saint Francis of Paola Walking on the Waves). In these epic works, Liszt creates an impressionistic level of musical imagery by exploring the outer registers of the piano.

Through his interpretation of the nine Liszt works presented on this album, pianist Tristan Lee celebrates the impact of art, literature, and legend on musical narrative and Romantic imagination.