It will be a full evening of Liszt when concert pianist Teresa Walters performs at Hope College on Monday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Walters has performed in almost all 50 states, as
well at tours in Australia, Japan and Hungary. She has also
performed at New York's Carnegie Recital Hall, Wigmore Hall
in London, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the
Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and several other
prominent international locations.
Her Hope performance will consist entirely of
pieces by Franz Liszt, the Hungarian composer and pianist
who lived from 1811 to 1886. Although known for his
flamboyant lifestyle and performances, many of Liszt's works
reflect his spiritual beliefs, which came to the forefront
when he took minor orders in Rome in 1865.
The evening will open with his "Harmonies
Poetiques et Religieuses," which underwent a metamorphosis
of almost 20 years. In its final form, the collection
contains 10 musical meditations introduced by the
"Invocation." The next movements are the "Pensee des morts"
and the "Benediction."
The next piece is titled "Three Hymns," and
includes the "Hymne du Matin (Hymn of Morning)," "Hymne de
la Nuit (Hymn of the Night)" and "Hymne du Pape (Hymn of the
Pope)." These hymns were unpublished until 1981, when the
New Liszt Edition was published.
Walters will then perform Liszt's "Ave Maria
d'Arcadelt" and "Alleluia." Both were written in 1862, and
the Ave Maria piece is one of six works Liszt wrote with the
title of Ave Maria.
The second half of the concert will be devoted to
Liszt's "Sonate in b minor." Considered one of the most
important works in piano literature, the Sonate has been
recorded more than 300 times. Although many audience
members were taken back by the piece when it was first
performed, composer Richard Strauss immediately saw what
became apparent to others later.
"If Liszt had written nothing but his b minor
Sonata," he wrote, "it would have sufficed to show what
manner of man he is."
The piece is a musical portrayal of the eternal
struggle between good and evil within the human condition,
culminating in the God-given final triumph of the human
In 1998, Walters' CD of Liszt's sacred piano music
was nominated for the Grand Prix du Disque of the Hungarian
Liszt Society. A specialist in Liszt's music, Walters is
under contract with Archangelus Records for a multi-volume
recording project of Liszt's rare and virtually unknown
Volume I, titled "The Abbe Liszt," has already
been released to critical acclaim. The "American Record
Guide" said, "Teresa Walters is committed to the repertoire,
and has the technique and imagination to bring it off."
Her concerts have received similar acclaim. The
"New York Times" reviewed her New York debut, saying that
"not a note was smudged in the pages of intricate
passagework, and her conception had all the requisite sweep,
power, and warm sonority. Each piece received the same
Walters' performance at Hope College is being
sponsored by the college's department of music and an
anonymous benefactor who is supporting her appearances at
Reformed Church of America colleges and seminaries.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 12th Street
and College Avenue.