Leslie Howard (AUS/UK)

Leslie Howard


‘A remarkable feat by a remarkable pianist.’ – Limelight Magazine

Leslie Howard’s recordings (99 CDs containing 7,255 minutes of formidably virtuosic playing) and live performances reveal the multifaceted genius of Franz Liszt, a ‘rock star’ performer and restless innovator who pushed the boundaries of his instrument and music. Intimately familiar with Liszt’s music and more than a match for the challenge of these most technically difficult of works, Howard guides us through some discoveries and delights inspired by Liszt’s profound appreciation for opera. These are the ultimate Liszt party-pieces. but as always with this composer, there are surprising depths. In the process Howard reveals a complex character – refined and bold, as much a poet as a daredevil – as well as his own skills as a virtuoso pianist and interpreter of the highest calibre.

From Melbourne Recital Centre’s Director of Artistic Planning, Marshall McGuire:
‘Melbourne-born pianist Leslie Howard celebrates his 70th birthday with a recital of the composer he has spent a life championing – Franz Liszt. We get the birthday presents though: Howard will treat us to Liszt’s paraphrases and transcriptions in a swirling, dazzling, energetic and colourful night at the opera.’

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre



Leslie Howard (AUS/UK), piano


Liszt at the Opera:
Sarabande und Chaconne über Themen aus dem Singspiel Almira von G F Händel, S181
Aïda di G. Verdi – Danza sacra e duetto finale, S436
Fantasie über Themen aus Mozarts Figaro und Don Giovanni, S697
Réminiscences des Huguenots de Meyerbeer – Grande Fantaisie dramatique, S412ii
Les adieux – Rêverie sur un motif de l’opéra Roméo et Juliette de Charles Gounod, S409
Réminiscences de Norma de Bellini – Grande Fantaisie, S394

Pre-Concert Talk

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10 Concerts – save 30%, renewable seats

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This production is part of the following series:

Great Performers 2018

Melbourne Recital Centre presents the world’s best musicians, live and dazzling.