Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886) - Les Jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este

In Tivoli, about 30 km east of Rome, is Villa d’Este, a masterpiece of architectural art and garden design. In 2001, the two-story Villa - residence of the d'Este family - and the surrounding gardens were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Initially, the Villa was established as a Benedictine monastery. Later, around 1550, it was transformed into a summer residence. Villa d’Este was rebuilt on the order of Cardinal Ippolito d’Este (1509–1572), son of Alfonso I d'Este, Prince Ferrara and Modena, and Lucretia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI. Another pope - Julius III appointed Ippolita as administrator of Tivoli and gave him the Villa as a gift. The Villa building is located on a hill. Right next to it is a musical fountain, and in front of it a terrace on the embankment, from which there is a view of the most spectacular part of the gardens. The author of the main fountain of Villa d’Este is Bernini. This so-called The Great Chalice, or Bicchierone in Italian. Above The Great Chalice there is a fountain which is also an organ. The water in this fountain flows through a system of special pipes, as a result the fountain makes sounds reminiscent of church organs.


Today we celebrate the International Jazz Day. And since it's Thursday, it means that we're exploring the piano repertoire. We encourage you to listen to the „Chopinata", which was composed by Clément Doucet (1895-1950). Perfect piece for an encore!

Franz Liszt - After a Reading of Dante

Today we celebrate World Book Day, which is why we want to remind you of the piece by Franz Liszt, which the composer wrote after reading the most famous poem by Dante Alighieri "Divine Comedy". The composition inspired by the poem of the Italian poet was titled by Franciszek Liszt as follows "After a Reading of Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata". We encourage you to listen to this piece performed by Lazar Berman.