Cziffra was renowned with critics and audiences for being a popular Liszt interpreter. This CD brings together four important compositions for piano and orchestra recorded live in Rome, Milan and Venice between 1958 and 1960.
Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124/R455
Allegro marziale animato
Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125/R456
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125/R456
Franz Liszt: Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes, S123/R458, "Hungarian Fantasy"
Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes, S123/R458, "Hungarian Fantasy"
Franz Liszt: Totentanz, S126/R457
“even when the sound is dim and dated it hardly earses a unique charisma. Here, and particularly in the Hungarian Fantasy, nothing is set in stone; everything sounds improvised, gypsy-style, on the spot...Could it be that Cziffra was the closest to Liszt's own style, a pianist of trancendental brilliance and a daring virtually unknown today?”
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