Liszt’s Liebestraum, No. 3: Khatia Buniatishvili – Song of the Week

Another week, and this time we’re taking in another piece of classical music. Start your week with this beautiful, elegant piano performance by one of the finest classical pianists of our day – Khatia Buniatishvili’s rendition of Franz Liszt’s Liebestraum.

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a prolific 19th-century pianist. A visionary of his time, Liszt created many facets to classical music that simply hadn’t been thought of before, while his extra work as a philanthropist, composer, teacher and author helped him leave a monumental legacy in the world of classical music.

Khatia Buniatishvili, born in Georgia nearly 100 years after Liszt’s death, quickly made a name for herself as a prodigal pianist. Beginning to learn the instrument from age three, she was performing at concerts in her home country at six and internationally at age ten. A huge admirer of Franz Liszt’s boundary-pushing nature, Khatia – described by some as a virtuoso pianist herself – made his work the subject of her first individual album release in 2011.

Khatia Buniatishvili - Liebestraum No 3 - Song of the Week

Now, I’m absolutely not an expert when it comes to classical music. Even the detailed names of these pieces (Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, S. 541/3) still confuse me, so for me to try to talk about this piece in the tone of someone knowledgeable would be both foolish and unbelievable. It seems from a quick glance that Buniatishvili, once the young prodigy, may be struggling to impress some classical critics now in the prime of her life, however I can say that this piece of music, soft and enchanting, feels like something of a subtle love story. There’s no great orchestra to ramp it up which allows the piano’s many great qualities, beautifully portrayed by Buniatishvili, to shine through.

A quiet, emotional tune with twists and turns, this is certainly a beautiful piece of music enchanted by Khatia’s universally undoubted abilities. I hope you enjoy taking the time out of your day to listen to this, and as always have a great week with lots of love from The Culture Cove!

The Culture Cove

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