Franz Liszt Steinway Testimonial – Consolation No.3 by Vladimir Horowitz – Terence Davies’ ‘Time and the City.’
Time for some beauty. What a nice-looking old dude Liszt was and pretty self-effacing too if this testimonial to Steinway about their grand-pianos is anything to go by. There was a fun romp-of-a-film made back in the 1990s by James Lapine called ‘Impromptu’ about the wonderfully bohemian lives of 19th century superstars Frederic Chopin, George Sands, Franz Liszt, Alfred deMusset and the gang. It stars the great Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Julian Sands (as Liszt), Mandy Patimkin & Bernadette Peters. I’m including a link to a youtube video of Vladimir Horowitz playing Liszt’s ‘Consolation No.3’ (House of Chanel take note!) It’s guaranteed to take you back in time. Schlocky, romantic, just what you’d expect from the hoop ‘n bustle chaser Liszt was purported to have been. Check out Vlad’s world-weary fingers and the Steinway insignia here you go. Liszt was Hungarian and properly speaking his name was Ferenc Liszt (‘Ferenci & Janika’ obscure old Magyar blues about come-zither eyes in Pest.)
Link to trailer ‘Of Time and the City’ Terence Davies’ personal documentary of growing up, poor, catholic and queer in Liverpool and that’s only part of it. Come closer now.. Consolation No. 3 by Liszt.