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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great musical biography - don't be put off by its length!, 30 May 2013
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This review is from: Franz Liszt: The Weimar Years, 1848-61 v. 2: The Weimar Years, 1848-1861 (Paperback)
Alan Walker’s magisterial 3-volume biography of Liszt needs no further endorsement having been a standard work for many years. This is just to urge anyone interested in Liszt to plunge in and not be put off by its length - it is compulsive reading, even the footnotes, which contain much fascinating material. The scholarship is awesome.

Liszt has suffered at the hands of his biographers in the 20th century - Ernest Newman’s disgraceful character assassination, Sacheverell Sitwell’s friendly but inaccurate biography, and Eleanor Perenyi’s quirky volume which stops abruptly in 1861, to name but three. Walker unpicks the many controversies surrounding Liszt’s long and complicated life, and explores the man, his life and his music in a compelling narrative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LISZT : The record put straight., 10 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Franz Liszt: The Weimar Years, 1848-61 v. 2: The Weimar Years, 1848-1861 (Paperback)
Volume 2 of this masterpiece of a biography is as rewarding and as fascinating as Volume 1. Its incredibly thorough, responsible and sensitive re-working and re-examination of all sources results in the correction of so many errors in previous perceptions and assessments of Liszt, as teacher, musician, performer, humanitarian, and lover. Value beyond price.
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