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Liszt's Italian Pilgrimage

Pianist Tristan Lee performs nine pieces by Franz Liszt inspired by Italian art and literature.

Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage: Deuxième annéee: Italie (Years of pilgrimage: Second Year: Italy) is a set of seven pieces that pay homage to Italian art and literature. Inspired by the works of Raphael, Michelangelo, Petrarca and Dante, this cycle contains some of Liszt’s most beautiful and evocative piano music. Commencing with the serene Sposalizio, inspired by Raphael’s painting of the same name, Liszt’s journey through Italian art includes the three highly romantic and impassioned Sonetti del Petrarca, and the formidable Dante Sonata.

Liszt’s Deux légendes (Two Legends): No. 1 St François d’Assise: La prédication aux oiseaux (Saint Francis of Assisi’s Sermon to the Birds), and No. 2 St François de Paule marchant sur les flots (Saint Francis of Paola Walking on the Waves). In these epic works, Liszt creates an impressionistic level of musical imagery by exploring the outer registers of the piano.

Through his interpretation of the nine Liszt works presented on this album, pianist Tristan Lee celebrates the impact of art, literature, and legend on musical narrative and Romantic imagination.


Tristan Lee

Tristan Lee is an Australian pianist gaining international recognition for his distinctive style and musicianship.

Press quotes

“Young Australian pianist Tristan Lee certainly sets his cap high with an all-Liszt program ... all the music here sees the composer at his most intensely romantic as well as technically challenging. ... a brilliant and mature recital of some of Liszt's most difficult and demanding music.” ★★★★

— Greg Keane, Limelight

“Moving variously between striking fortissimo chords and dense, florid scalic passages, the Liszt’s score calls on an intrepid and confident pianist of the highest calibre. Lee rises to the challenge, and pulls off the great feat with flair ... superb debut recording.”

— Alexandra Mathew, Readings Monthly

“A compact and coherent collection of Liszt’s piano pieces without having to record all three years in the complete cycle. Lee’s pianism is certainly up to the demands of the tune-and-accompaniment music presented in the six pieces that open the second book: jaunty enough in the Canzonetta, radiant in the Sposalizio, declamatory where necessary in the three sonnets, and maintaining the correct gravitas in Il penseroso.”

— John Weretka, Music Trust e-zine Loud Mouth

Audio previews

Track Listing

    Années de pèlerinage: Deuxième année: Italie, S161 Franz Liszt

  1. Sposalizio
  2. Il penseroso
  3. Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa
  4. Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
  5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
  6. Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
  7. Après une lecture du Dante – Fantasia quasi Sonata
  8. Deux Légendes, S175 Franz Liszt

  9. St Francis d’Assise: La prédiction aux oiseaux
  10. St Francis de Paule marchant sur les flots



Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt (1811–1886) was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher. As a composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the "Neudeutsche Schule" ("New German School").

Where to buy

Liszt's Italian Pilgrimage is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Liszt's Italian Pilgrimage is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

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Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
April 2019
© 2019 Tristan Lee
℗ 2019 Move Records
Catalogue number
MCD 593
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574059328