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Cziffra plays Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies No.1-9


Cziffra plays Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies No.1-9

 

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LISZT Orchestral Hungarian Rhapsody No 4, Herbert von Karajan / Berliner Philharmoniker


LISZT Orchestral Hungarian Rhapsody No 4

HOROWITZ – LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 RARE RECORDING 1947


Excerpts from Wikipedia article:

Franz Liszt, prominent Hungarian composer

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“The Hungarian RhapsodiesS.244, R106, (French: Rhapsodies hongroises, German: Ungarische Rhapsodien, Hungarian: Magyar rapszódiák) is a set of 19 piano pieces based on Hungarian folk themes, composed by Franz Liszt during 1846-1853, and later in 1882 and 1885. Liszt also arranged versions for orchestra, piano duet and piano trio.”

“Liszt incorporated many themes he had heard in his native western Hungary and which he believed to be folk music, though many were in fact tunes written by members of the Hungarian upper middle class, or by composers such as József Kossovits,[1] often played by Roma (Gypsy) bands. The large scale structure of each was 

Liszt Ferenc (musée Franz-Liszt / Budapest)

Liszt Ferenc (musée Franz-Liszt / Budapest) (Photo credit: dalbera)

influenced by the verbunkos, a Hungarian dance in several parts, each with a different tempo. Within this structure, Liszt preserved the two main structural elements of typical Gypsy improvisation – the lassan («slow») and the friska («fast»). At the same time, Liszt incorporated a number of effects unique to the sound of Gypsy bands, especially the pianistic equivalent of the cimbalom. He also makes much use of the Hungarian gypsy scale.”
(Ssource: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_Rhapsodies