Michael Korstick Continues his Liszt Explorations
Along with the Années de pèlerinage, the Harmonies poétiques et religieuses is Franz Liszt’s most important piano cycle. He composed it from 1846 to 1852 while he was the music director in Weimar; most of the ten pieces originated in Woronince, the Ukrainian landed estate of his mistress Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein. The Harmonies poétiques et religieuses unveil the composer’s mystical dimension; its title refers to the collection of poems by the French romanticist Alphonse de Lamartine. Liszt’s religious orientation and the overall theme of poetic literature in his creative work are clearly reflected in his many years of artistic occupation with this kindred spirit. Once again Michael Korstick presents a breathtaking and uncompromising interpretation.
Liszt, Franz: Harmonies poetiques et religieuses (10), S.173