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Piano Recital: Cziffra, Gyorgy - LISZT, F. / BACH, C.P.E. / COUPERIN, F. / SCARLATTI, D. (Cziffra in Prague, 1955)

Piano Recital: Cziffra, Gyorgy - LISZT, F. / BACH, C.P.E. / COUPERIN, F. / SCARLATTI, D. (Cziffra in Prague, 1955)

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release date: March 2012


Artists:

Gyorgy Cziffra

Soloist

Record Label
ICA Classics

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 64:12
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Piano Recital: Cziffra, Gyorgy - LISZT, F. / BACH, C.P.E. / COUPERIN, F. / SCARLATTI, D. (Cziffra in Prague, 1955)

     
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CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH

1 

Keyboard Sonata in B minor, Wq. 55/3, H. 245

4:01
     
 

DOMENICO SCARLATTI

2 

Keyboard Sonata in F major, K.446/L.433/P.177

4:06
     
3 

Keyboard Sonata in C major, K.159/L.104/P.418

2:26
     
4 

Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.533/L.395/P.537

2:45
     
5 

Keyboard Sonata in G major, K.284/L.90/P.169

2:24
     
 

FRANCOIS COUPERIN

6 

Pieces de clavecin, Book 2: 6th Ordre in B flat major

3:09
     
 

FRANZ LISZT

7 

Rhapsodie espagnole, S254/R90, "Folies d'Espagne et jota aragonesa"

12:18
     
8 

19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106

10:50
     
9 

Fantasy and Fugue, S463/R120 (after Bach's Fantasia and fugue in G minor, BWV 542)

11:01
     
10 

Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S173/R14

11:12
     
 Gyorgy Cziffra Soloist


This 1955 recital, only Cziffra’s second studio recording is totally free from eccentricity and represents Cziffra at his best. It features miniatures (CPE Bach, Scarlatti and Couperin) as well as the Liszt war horses which Cziffra became famous for. The two bonus tracks come from a 1959 recital in Turin, which show off Cziffra’s dazzling technique. The Bach arr. Liszt: Fantasy & Fugue, like the rest of the album, has never appeared on CD before, and is now available here as a download. It is extremely rare having been remastered from a collector’s LP using ICA’s Ambient mastering Process.

“As for Cziffra’s unabashedly over-the-top Liszt playing, with its gaunt profile, roller-coaster tempo fluctuations, and madcap interlocking octaves—what can you say, other than “have fun!” ”
ClassicsToday.com - June 2011

“The F major is genial, and there are fluently rounded trills in the C major as well as a nicely characterised series of fanfare figures. Liszt of course is very much Cziffra’s thing... played with quite watchful and refined pragmatism - well balanced, not overtly driven.”
 
MusicWeb-International.com - June 2011

“Cziffra’s playing summons enormous excitement.”
 
Gramophone magazine - June 2011

“The disc concludes with Funérailles in which the massive, tolling, opening bass chords are delivered with power and the ensuing chant-like melody has great simplicity and inwardness. The faster episode that interrupts this reverie is strict and suitably martial, the octave climax is powerful, and the return of the first section is suitably elegiac.”
 
ClassicalSource.com - April 2011
 

“There is a CPE Bach movement of delicious simplicity... Three of the four Scarlatti sonatas here are new to the Cziffra discography. The first is fragility personified.”
 
International Piano - May 2011
 



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