Logo Rolex
Rolex and the Arts
Logo Rolex

Certain parts of this program are not currently available

This livestream is no longer available.

concert Zuohuang Chen conducts Liszt Les Préludes

Les Préludes

Zuohuang Chen conducts Liszt Les Préludes


Franz Liszt: Les Préludes

Les Préludes is the third of Franz Liszt's thirteen symphonic poems. Directed by Liszt himself, the piece was premiered in a concert called Hoftheater in Weimar in February 1854. Among Liszt's symphonic poems, Les Préludes is the most popular. The full title Les Préludes refers to an ode of Alphonse de Lamartine's Nouvelles Méditations Poétiques. The composer once stated: "……What else is our life but a series of preludes to that unknown Hymn, the first and solemn note of which is intoned by Death?"

Part of the NCPA's celebration of the 200th anniversary of Liszt's birth


  • Franz Liszt, Symphonic Poem No. 3 "Les Préludes", S. 97


  • Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) (Beijing, China)
  • Broadcast date: April 23, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
  • Production date: 2011
  • Recording date: 23/04/2011