Franschhoek Wine Valley

Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek: Franz Liszt – The Ultimate Virtuoso

Franz Liszt: The Ultimate Virtuoso
Christopher Duigan (piano)
Sunday 28 October 11:30 am
NG Church, Franschhoek

This year festival audiences audiences can enjoy Christopher Duigan performing a programme of music by the ultimate piano virtuoso, Franz Liszt (1811-86). Duigan’s programme includes a stellar selection of celebrated and dazzling compositions, including the popular Liebestraum, La campanella, Hungarian Rhapsody No 2, and Un sospiro, in a thrilling introduction to the life and music of the great Hungarian composer.

As regular festival audiences will know, Duigan customarily laces his programmes with interesting anecdotal and factual content: Liszt was inspired by his contemporary, the French composer Hector Berlioz, to create a world of musical fantasy, and the Italian violin virtuoso Nicola Paganini who dazzled with ‘devilish technique’, while his Polish associate Fredrik Chopin enthused a seduction of the hearts and souls of his audiences with poetry for the piano.”
Christopher Duigan is a Steinway Artist.

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A tradition of musical excellence

For the past 16 years Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival has delighted classical music audiences with outstanding and innovative performances in the magnificent setting of the Franschhoek Valley. This year’s Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek – which runs from 26 to 28 October – continues that tradition of excellence, with a line-up of carefully created and selected performances by top classical artists.

Says festival producer, Duigan: “We strive to include a range of classical musical styles and genres in the concerts but always with the emphasis on authenticity, creativity and personal engagement.”

The festival includes three performances at the NG Church and two at Cafe Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine. These include acclaimed guitarist James Grace in ‘Journey to Spain’, and internationally recognised Spanish saxophonist David Salleras. Salleras who is known for his unique compositions and original, innovative performance style combining virtuoso techniques and traditional flamenco idioms. Festival director Christopher Duigan delights with dazzling performance of music by the ultimate piano virtuoso, Franz Liszt (1811-86). As to be expected his performance is interleaved with interesting anecdotal content.

Duigan joins popular baritone Federico Freschi in ‘If I Loved You’ for a grand dinner soiree which brings together beautiful melodies from the world of popular song and classic musicals including those from Noel Coward, Cole Porter, ‘My Fair Lady” and ‘Carousel’. Songs sung in Spanish include the show-stopper, ‘Granada’. They are joined by saxophonist David Salleras who adds a haunting touch with improvised interludes and countermelodies to these well-known selections.

The finale, traditionally presented outdoors over Sunday lunch at Cafe Bon Bon, sees a rendition of Vivaldi’s evergreen ‘Four Seasons’ in a format not heard before in South Africa – that for violin, electric bass and accordion – played by Petrus de Beer (violin), Schalk Joubert (bass) & Stanislav Angelov (accordion). This riveting production also leads to a selection of popular film music and cafe favourites to end the festival on a festive note!

Tickets for the three NG Church concerts are available via and the full programme is available at and

• The Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek is sponsored by Marriott, The Income Specialists.
• The festival is presented by Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival and supported by Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos

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