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ODYSSEY OF LOVE: Liszt And His Women
Lucy Parham, piano
Dame Harriet Walter, narrator
Alex Jennings, narrator
The colourful life of the extraordinary Franz Liszt took him from child prodigy to living legend. Odyssey of Love dramatises the two greatest romances of this tempestuous genius.
Scripted and created by Lucy Parham.
Following the success of Beloved Clara, another evening of words and piano music scripted by Lucy Parham.
Odyssey of Love is the second in the series of Four Composer Portraits, created by Lucy Parham. The show premièred at the Wigmore Hall in February 2008 in the London Pianoforte Series with actors Joanna David and Martin Jarvis. Other actors who have performed it include Juliet Stevenson, Harriet Walter, Rosalind Ayres, Tim McInnerny, Orla Charlton, Lloyd Owen, Patricia Hodge, Stanley Townsend and Henry Goodman.
Recent and future performances include the Wigmore Hall, Middle Temple Hall, Salisbury Playhouse, Rye Festival, Canterbury Festival, Kings Place, Wimbledon Festival, “It’s All About Piano” Festival London, King’s College Cambridge, Sao Lourenco Concerts Series Portugal, Sheffield University Concert Series, Burford Festival, Kew Festival, Llandeilo Festival, Wigmore Hall, Apex Bury St Edmunds, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, St. George’s Bristol, Chelsea Festival, St Johns Smith Square, Kings Place London, Winchester Festival, Bury St Edmunds Festival and at the Royal Hall Harrogate. The US première took place in December 2008 for LA Theatreworks, Los Angeles. Odyssey of Love has also been broadcast across the USA on NPR radio.
The CD of Odyssey of Love (with Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman) has recently been released by Deux-Elles to critical acclaim.
Lucy Parham’s trailblazing evening concerts in which she fuses music and words with the help of some of our most distinguished thespians, have become one of the must-see events on the musical calendar BBC Music Magazine ***** 5 stars
“It is a great treat and privilege to sit so close to Lucy Parham at the piano and hear this wonderful music. It stimulates the emotions and brings one closer to the composers we play. It is also exciting to give some kind of living presence to these fascinating musical geniuses who lived so long ago”
Dame Harriet Walter
“I feel so fortunate to be able to work with a musician like Lucy, such a brilliantly accomplished and sensitive artist. I certainly take inspiration from hearing such undeniably great music up close and personal, as it were. It has been a huge privilege to be a part of Lucy’s recreations of the lives of Chopin, Liszt and Debussy, and now Rachmaninoff”