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The teenage Liszt's song for Europe

The teenage Liszt's song for Europe

A worthy anniversary celebration of the child prodigy for this year's Europe Day concert

Young Liszt in 1824, the year he was commissioned to write his only opera, by Leprince

For last year's Europe Day concert, presidency-holder Spain fielded a Paco Peña showstopper in what's for the past three years been the venue of choice, St John's, Smith Square. This 9 May, the Hungarians' six-month stint yielded not a wow-factor spectacular - for me, that would have been a knees-up with violinist Gaby Lakatos - but instead a worthy and far from dull celebration of the Liszt bicentenary with 13-year-old Ferenc/Franz's one-act opera, Don Sanche.

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