Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 8 November 2014, 7pm

Alex James celebrates the big anniversaries in the classical music world for the week ahead.

Bryn Terfel

Tonight Alex begins in Budapest where, on this day in 1873, a very big party was thrown in honour of Franz Liszt , to mark his half-century as a composer and performer. The party lasted three whole days - and Alex will reveal exactly why.

Looking ahead to the rest of the week, it's a happy 49th birthday to the Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel (pictured) and the anniversary of the first performance of Rachmaninov 's Piano Concerto No.2

Alex tells the story of Fritz Kreisler's American debut at the age of just 13, marks the first anniversary of the death of the English composer John Tavener , and turns his attention to Abbey Road, which hosted its very first recording on 12th November 1931. 

But what, exactly, was the piece of music that was recorded there?

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