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LISZT: 6 Hungarian Rhapsodies for Piano Four-Hands

LISZT: 6 Hungarian Rhapsodies for Piano Four-Hands

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2012


Artists:

Georgia Mangos

Soloist

Louise Mangos

Soloist

Record Label
Cedille

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 70:38
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FRANZ LISZT

     
 

6 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S621/R309

 
1 I. No. 1 in F minor 11:24
 Georgia Mangos Soloist
2 II. No. 2 in C sharp minor 10:13
 Louise Mangos Soloist
3 III. No. 3 in D major 8:02
 Louise Mangos Soloist
4 IV. No. 4 in D minor 9:53
 Louise Mangos Soloist
5 V. No. 5 in E minor 8:46
 Georgia Mangos Soloist
6 VI. No. 6 in E flat major, "Carnival at Pest" 11:02
 Georgia Mangos Soloist
     
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2 Episoden aus Lenaus Faust (2 Episodes from Lenau's Faust), S599/R325

11:18
 Georgia Mangos Soloist


Franz Liszt’s most familiar works six of his Hungarian Rhapsodies are best known in their original solo piano versions and Liszt’s orchestrations. Pianists Georgia & Louise Mangos, two "first-rate Lisztians" Fanfare, perform Liszt’s rarely heard duet versions (one piano, four-hands), possible the only CD ever of the duets. To those who sniff at piano transcriptions as "reductions," recording producer Jim Ginsburg points out that these Rhapsodies are actually "enlargements" of Liszt’s original solo piano versions.

 
To round out the program, the Mangos sisters chose Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz for Two Pianos, rather than Liszt’s four-hand arrangement. The Mangos sisters felt the duo-piano version provided "a more glorious score, a more explosive presentation of the musical idea," making it a better companion for the Rhapsodies. 
 
Rhapsody No. 1 (using the piano duet numbering) must have contained material Liszt deeply loved, for this fourteenth solo rhapsody became the first for orchestra and piano duet, and also formed the basis for his Hungarian Fantasia. No. 2 finds an intermingling of a serious mesto beginning, a wild gypsy central section, and an energetic march. The brilliant No. 3 contains four Hungarian popular songs of Liszt’s time. The heroic No. 4 (the famous No. 2 in the solo and orchestral versions), with its attention-grabbing opening, is the most popular of the Rhapsodies. The introspective No. 5 recalls Chopin themes; many consider it a tribute to Chopin. No. 6, entitled "Carnival at Pest," is the most compositionally complex and provides "a test of any pair of pianists’ abilities to get around the keyboard without hurting each other," Henry Fogel writes in the CD notes. 
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