Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Franz Liszt was a Hungarian piano virtuoso and composer. He was one of the greatest pianists of the 19th century.
Liszt composed three pieces based on sonnets by Petrarch. The piece based on Petrarch’s 104th sonnet comes from a collection of pieces entitled “The Years of Pilgrimage.” The 104th sonnet by Petrarch is one of three sonnets that describe Petrarch’s love for a woman named Laura.
The pianist in the recording I have selected for this post is the Cuban-born pianist Jorge Bolet. Bolet is not as well known as other pianists, but I think he plays more expressively then a lot of other pianists. Listen to the the different tone colours Bolet gets out of the piano in this recording. Some of the famous pianists don’t even get close to the level of this interpretation. I hope that you enjoy the recording of this piece.