Within the series celebrating Franz Liszt’s birthday, October 22nd by multiple concerts every year, the audience is invited to listen to Balázs Fülei’s new CD presentation and solo recital in the Old Academy of Music on October 17th.
The CD titled ’Christmas with Franz Liszt’ includes the composer’s most intimate pieces, with the Christmas Tree suite among them. The suite composed in 1875 and 1876, consisting of twelve piano pieces, was dedicated to Liszt’s granddaughter, Daniela. The Christmas Tree suite was performed for the first time several years later on Christmas Eve in 1881, in a hotel room in Rome where Liszt was celebrating with his family. The twenty-one-year-old Daniela was sitting at the piano; this was her Christmas present for her grandfather.