Beauty plays the piano

Screen shot of Vanessa Benelli Mosell playing Liszt.

Screen shot of Vanessa Benelli Mosell playing Liszt.

As I’m pulled more and more under the influence of the musical blog of Kaz, YouTube videos of performances by the composers he highlights enchant me with greater and greater frequency. Here I offer his post on Franz Liszt, the native Hungarian composer of the most gorgeously sensual piano music. Kaz regrets that Liszt, who died in 1886, was never recorded playing the piano. Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, which would have enabled such a recording, but using it to record a musical performance was not common until the 1890s. This is indeed a sad accident of history.

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But history made up for its oversight in 2007 with a high-definition video recording of Liszt’s “Liebestraum No. 3 (Love Dream)” played by Vanessa Benelli Mosell. “Regia e direzione artistica Pietro Tagliafferi,” says the video – “Under the artistic direction” I assume in my ignorance of Italian that it says – “of Pietro Tagliaferri.” It goes without saying that Mosell plays Liszt to sweet perfection. Her beauty, her arms, her fingers, her dress, her piano, the floor upon which it sits, the room in which she plays are presented with such loveliness that I urge all readers to luxuriate in this video, to indeed click the “full screen” button so that the beauty is fully in your face. Ahh! Liszt in exaltation! Brava! Grande bellissima! Or, if much of the credit for the beauty that surrounds the beauty of the music and the beauty of the pianist belongs to Maestro Tagliaferri, well then – Bravo! Grand bellissimo!

I must say these Kaz posts are too much – too fine, too fascinating, too beautiful, too addictive. Give me more!

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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4 Responses to Beauty plays the piano

  1. I thought I saw a location on the video and looked for it after I’d started to write the post but could not find it and gave up. I will look again.


  2. Douglas Smith says:

    Truly a fine performance. But the architectural ambience is also inspiring. Where is it?


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