If you want to highlight the most obvious Schumann-Liszt connection, the Liszt Sonata was dedicated to Schumann, in return for Schumann’s dedication of his Fantasie in C major, so…
But your combination of pieces is more original
I know they would both be the “meat” of the recital but I’m thinking it’s OK because the Fantasie ends quietly. Also it’s the best way I could make both sides balanced in terms of time…repertoire is definitely up for change if this is a problem.
This is what I wanted to do originally to keep a better sense of atmosphere and flow. My concern is that there would be a time imbalance, since the Schumann items would be over an hour while Liszt would be less than thirty minutes. Maybe it’s time to learn more Liszt…
Wouldn’t be my choice for a program but that’s how I would do it. Da op.17 has to go at the end, you just can’t play anything after it. But seeing as dj also has to go at the end, first half finisher would suffice.
Edit - long first half, maybe put da tocc start of second.
My only issue is that I can pretty much only pull off the Toccata after my fingers are warmed up, and it’s a much better starter than Harmonies. Otherwise this is a great layout, if the Tocc is an issue I can always replace it with the Arabeske or some other simpler stuff and then move the Tocc to the second half.
Arabesque (C major)
Toccata (C major, starts with G)
Fantasy (C major, starts also with G dominant)
~ ~ ~
Harmonies de soir (D-flat major)
Fantasiestucke (starts with D-flat major piece, cycle finnish with F major piece)
Don Juan (starts in D minor)
On that way you can connect some works, like first two from the both halfes.
All in all, I understand that you have to warm up properly for Toccata, so program dependes about that. I’m just sure that Fantasy should close the first half. Personaly, I don’t like so much that Toccata goes after it (like Kissin did in 2010). Anyway, these are all great works and should be great program!
That is by far the best way to harmonically connect these works. And I like the fact that half of the program will be in C major. Nobody thinks that C major is very interesting, but perhaps this will show them otherwise.