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“A smasher of pianos.”


Clara Schumann about Franz Liszt


“I am really proud of the honour you have done me in dedicating to

me so grand a composition.”


Franz Liszt to Robert Schumann

in search of lost time

Sunday 28 November 2021, 20:15

The Hague: Paleiskerk

schumann versus liszt

Nikola Meeuwsen piano



Robert Schumann
Fantasy in C-major, opus 17

Franz Liszt
Piano sonata in b-minor

Two overwhelming masterpieces

The pianist Nikola Meeuwsen is a rising star: on TV, in festivals and recently with the Residentie Orkest as soloist in Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto. For his first solo recital in The Hague, his hometown, he combines two masterpieces: the overwhelming Fantasy that Robert Schumann dedicated to Franz Liszt in 1836 – with “for the one who listens in secret” as its motto – and the titanic Sonata in b minor that Liszt dedicated to Schumann as a token of his gratitude. These works are often heard in a large hall where you sit a block away from the piano. But in the 19th century, these pieces were performed in the salons. We will recreate this setting, to enable you to listen to this repertoire close to the pianist.


Liszt and Schumann had a complicated relationship. Schumann expressed his disgust when Liszt travelled to his recitals in a white horse-drawn carriage, surrounded by hysterical fans. However, this did not prevent Liszt from playing and conducting Schumann’s works and writing about his colleague with admiration.

Nikola Meeuwsen plays three Intermezzi by Brahms (opus 117)

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Arnhemsestraat 62

2587 SW  The Hague