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György Cziffra in Prague 1955

> Keyboard Sonata in B minor, Wq. 55/3, H. 245 - Keyboard Sonata in B minor, Wq. 55/3, H. 245: Cantabile
> Keyboard Sonata in F major, K.446/L.433/P.177 - Keyboard Sonata in F major, K. 446/L.433/P.177
> Keyboard Sonata in C major, K.159/L.104/P.418 - Keyboard Sonata in C major, K.159/L.104/P.418
> Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.533/L.395/P.537 - Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.533/L.395/P.537
> Keyboard Sonata in G major, K.284/L.90/P.169 - Keyboard Sonata in G major, K.284/L.90/P.169
> Pieces de clavecin, Book 2: 6th Ordre in B flat major - Pieces de clavecin, Book 2: 6th Ordre in B flat major: Les Moissonneurs (gayement)
> Rhapsodie espagnole, S254/R90, "Folies d'Espagne et jota aragonesa" - Rhapsodie espagnole, S254/R90, "Folies d'Espagne et jota aragonesa"
> 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106 - 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: No. 2 in C sharp minor
> Fantasy and Fugue, S463/R120 (after Bach's Fantasia and fugue in G minor, BWV 542) - Fantasy and Fugue, S463/R120 (after Bach's Fantasia and fugue in G minor, BWV 542)
> Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S173/R14 - Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S173/R14: VII. Funerailles

Album Summary

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata in B minor, Wq 55/3
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in F major, K 446/L 433
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 159/L 104
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 533 (L. 395)
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 284/L 90
>Couperin, François : Les Moissonneurs, for harpsichord (Pieces de clavecin, II, 6e ordre)
>Liszt, Franz : Rhapsodie espagnole for Piano, S 254
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia and Fugue for Organ in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor"
>Liszt, Franz : Funerailles
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recital by Georges Cziffra is extremely rare, having been remastered from a collector's LP. Out of the four Scarlatti Sonatas, Cziffra includes three that are new to his discography. The two bonus tracks come from a 1959 recital in Turin which showcase his dazzling technique. The Bach arr. Liszt: Fantasy & Fugue has never appeared on CD before. The remastering by Paul Baily uses the ICA Ambient Mastering process.

"Cziffra's potent combination of gypsy-like abandon with absolute control of rubato and cumulative build-up makes for very exciting listening." -BBC Music Magazine

Gramophone
The newly launched ICA Classics label has come up with at least a couple of real gems. Readers who, like me, have an aversion to overly luxuriant, emotionally manipulative Mahler will delight in William Steinberg's clear-headed 1965 Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra broadcast of the Resurrection Symphony, a startlingly direct statement of a score that is too often treated to extremes of mood and tempo. Steinberg's straightforward route means that the great climactic denouement is both well timed and genuinely uplifting. The soprano Stefania Woytowicz is the more convincing of Steinberg's two soloists.



Reviews

Wonderful!
Cziffra does a masterful job at capturing the beauty behind these classic pieces. This a great variety of works and is performed with great precision.
Submitted on 03/01/11 by SRA 
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Works Details

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata in B minor, Wq 55/3 :: Andantino cantabile
  • Performer: György Cziffra (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1774

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in F major, K 446/L 433
  • Performer: György Cziffra (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 159/L 104
  • Performer: György Cziffra (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 533 (L. 395)
  • Performer: György Cziffra (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 284/L 90
  • Performer: György Cziffra (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>François Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Les Moissonneurs, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 6e ordre)
  • Performer: György Cziffra (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Liszt, Franz : Rhapsodie espagnole for Piano, S 254
  • Performer: György Cziffra (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1863

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: György Cziffra (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia and Fugue for Organ in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor"
  • Performer: György Cziffra (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1725

>Liszt, Franz : Funerailles
  • Performer: György Cziffra (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849