French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet believes 19th-century virtuoso Franz Liszt often has been unfairly dismissed as a Liberace of his era. “Liszt nowadays is an underrated musician,” said Thibaudet, who will perform the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on July 20 at Ravinia, in a recent interview with the Knight Foundation. “People think of Liszt only in terms of his virtuosity and showmanship, and they are wrong, because he was also a profound composer, an encyclopedic man, a total creator. That trait is particularly evident in his Piano Concerto No. 2, which, between one revision and another, took him 20 years to finish. It boasts an amazing modernity for its age.”

Also on the program, led by Vasily Petrenko, will be Strauss’ Don Juan and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2. For more details, click here.

VIDEO: Thibaudet performs Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in this YouTube clip: