HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA) Franz Liszt – Sonata In B Minor, Mephisto Waltz, Two Transcendental Etudes (Fialkowska)


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Fialkowska was born May 7, 1951 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to a Canadian mother (Bridget Todd Fialkowski) and a Polish father (Jerzy Fialkowski), an engineer and Polish army officer who emigrated to Canada in 1945. Her mother was descended from an ancient Canadian family of Scottish-Irish and the Cree, who studied piano in the class of Alfred Cortot at the École Normale de Musique de Paris (1935–1939). Fialkowska is the granddaughter of Dr. John Todd, Canada’s first professor of parasitology, and great-granddaughter of Sir Edward Clouston, President of the Canadian Bankers Association. She is the cousin of Canadian Politician and former cabinet minister David Anderson and cousin of stage and screen actor Christopher Plummer. Fialkowska began to study piano at the age of 4 with her mother and in 1960 enrolled in the École Vincent-d’Indy in Montreal. In 1963, at the age of 12, she made her debut as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra…
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Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Janina Fialkowska
Vinyl 1977
Number of Discs: 1
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Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Rachmaninov – Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini – Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 2 (Van Cliburn)


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Recognition in Moscow propelled Cliburn to international prominence. The first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 was an event designed to demonstrate Soviet cultural superiority during the Cold War, after the USSR’s technological victory with the Sputnik launch in October 1957. Cliburn’s performance at the competition finale of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on April 13 earned him a standing ovation lasting eight minutes. When it was time to announce the winner, the judges were obliged to ask permission of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to give first prize to an American. “Is he the best?” Khrushchev asked. “Then give him the prize!” Cliburn returned home to a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the only time the honor has been accorded a classical musician. (Continue reading here)

Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov, Franz Liszt
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1971
Number of Discs: 1
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Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 12
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Orbis) Julian Von Karolyi Playes Liszt


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Hungarian-German Pianist Julian von Karolyi (19914-1993) studied with Erno Dohnanyi and Alfred Cortot. He excelled in the romantic repertoire and possessed a prodigious virtuoso technique. He was particularly known for his interpretations of Chopin and Liszt. Von Karolyi has recorded for both Deutsche Gramophone and Electrola. The main attraction is Karolyi’s playing, a combination of deeply probing intellect, an exquisite touch and discerning dynamics in the delicate moments, stupendous virtuosity, and musicianship of the highest level.

Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Julian Von Karolyi
Vinyl 1976
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Orbis
DR-Analysis: DR 13
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Grieg – Piano Concerto – Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Cliburn/Ormandy)


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Van Cliburn’s recordings of the Tchaikovsky First and Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concertos are legendary, but his performances of some of the other famous Romantic Concertos often get overlooked. These recordings of the Grieg and the 1st of Liszt Concerti by Cliburn, and conductor Eugene Ormandy leading the Philadelphia Orchestra, are outstanding. Van Cliburn is at his best on these Concerti, particularly on the Grieg, as he melds his “heart-on-sleeve” style with commanding technique and phrasing. Some may not like this style of playing, and sometimes it does not suit a particular piece (his Brahms First comes to mind), but here there is no question.

Composer: Edward Grieg, Franz Liszt
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Vinyl 1969
Number of Discs: 1
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Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Franz Liszt – The Piano Concerti (Dichter/Previn)


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Misha Dichter (born September 27, 1945) is a classical pianist who was born in Shanghai to Polish-Jewish parents who fled Europe at the outbreak of World War II.
Misha Dichter moved with his family to Los Angeles, California, at the age of two, and began studying piano at the age of five. He studied with Aube Tzerko, a pupil of Artur Schnabel, which established a concentrated practice regimen and intensive approach to musical analysis; and composition and analysis with Leonard Stein, a disciple of Arnold Schoenberg. He attended the Juilliard School in New York and studied with Rosina Lhevinne. While enrolled at the Juilliard School, Misha Dichter won the Silver medal at the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, an accomplishment which …

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Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Misha Dichter

Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 741 MB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (Odeon) Franz Liszt – Piano Concerti 1 & 2 (Trouard/Bigot)


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(from French Wikipedia, translated with google)


He won his first piano prize in 1933 at the Conservatoire de Paris, and a second prize for conducting in 1937. His teachers were André Bloch, Joseph Morpain, Victor Staub, Emil von Sauer, Marcel Dupré and Paul Dukas. Philippe Gaubert and Bruno Walter. His classmates are Maurice Baquet, Henri Betti, Paul Bonneau, Leo Chauliac, Henri Dutilleux, Louiguy and Pierre Spiers. He perfected his musical studies with Yves Nat, Sergei Rachmaninov, Manuel Infante, Maurice Ravel. He gave his first piano recital in 1935. He won the first Grand Prix Louis Diémer in 1939. Then began for him a great international career that will take him around the world: in France of course, but everywhere in Europe, England, Germany , Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland. He also plays in South America and North America (United States, Canada). He plays in recital, and with orchestra under the direction of the greatest conductors: Philippe Gaubert, Pierre Monteux, Eugene Bigot, André Cluytens, Pierre Dervaux, Richard Beck, Carl Schuricht … His repertoire is vast, from Bach to Dutilleux. He excels in Liszt, of which he holds not only the technique but also the spirit by filiation with Emil von Sauer.

Composer: Franz Liszt

Performer: Raymond Trouard

Orchestra: Association Artistique Des Concerts Colonne

Conductor: Eugene Bigot

Vinyl 1957
Number of discs: 1
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Label: Odeon
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 417 MB
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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Franz Liszt – Raymond Trouard ‎– Récital De Piano N°2


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(from French Wikipedia, translated with google)

He won his first piano prize in 1933 at the Conservatoire de Paris, and a second prize for conducting in 1937. His teachers were André Bloch, Joseph Morpain, Victor Staub, Emil von Sauer, Marcel Dupré and Paul Dukas. Philippe Gaubert and Bruno Walter. His classmates are Maurice Baquet, Henri Betti, Paul Bonneau, Leo Chauliac, Henri Dutilleux, Louiguy and Pierre Spiers. He perfected his musical studies with Yves Nat, Sergei Rachmaninov, Manuel Infante, Maurice Ravel. He gave his first piano recital in 1935. He won the first Grand Prix Louis Diémer in 1939. Then began for him a great international career that will take him around the world: in France of course, but everywhere in Europe, England, Germany , Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland. He also plays in South America and North America (United States, Canada). He plays in recital, and with orchestra under the direction of the greatest conductors: Philippe Gaubert, Pierre Monteux, Eugene Bigot, André Cluytens, Pierre Dervaux, Richard Beck, Carl Schuricht … His repertoire is vast, from Bach to Dutilleux. He excels in Liszt, of which he holds not only the technique but also the spirit by filiation with Emil von Sauer.


Composer: Franz Liszt

Performer: Raymond Trouard

Vinyl 1955
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: CBS


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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (IPG) Franz Liszt – Piano Concerti No. 1 and 2 (Clidat, Norrington)


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France Clidat was a French pianist renowned for her interpretations of the works of Franz Liszt, a great many of which she recorded, and Erik Satie, whose complete piano works she recorded. In 1948, at age 15, France Clidat played Henri Sauguet’s Concerto in A minor in Geneva under the conductor Ernest Ansermet. She studied at the Paris Conservatory with Lazare Lévy, Maurice Hewitt, Alexis Roland-Manuel, Norbert Dufourcq, and Robert Siohan and received first prize in piano in 1950, at the age of 18. She later studied with Emil Gilels and Lélia Gousseau. At the Budapest International Competition in September 1956, she won the Franz Liszt Prize, a prize that had not been awarded since 1937. She later performed in many venues around the world. After a recital at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Bernard Gavoty, reviewer for Le Figaro, dubbed her “Madame Liszt”. She was also called “the Ambassadress of the French piano” and she was named alongside Monique Haas, Cécile Ousset, Robert Casadesus and Philippe Entremont as outstanding representatives of the French piano school. 
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Composer: Franz Liszt

Performer: France Clidat

Orchestra: Orchestre De La Residence De La Haye

Conductor: Roger Norrington

Vinyl 1976
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: IPG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 781 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (PYE Nixa) Michele Campanella Plays Franz Liszt


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Franz Liszt was a virtuoso pianist, an amazing composer and brought many innovations to classical piano music. He was the first to introduce the solo recital and provided more independence to musicians raising the artistic level of concert performances. Liszt brought even more freedom to pianists by creating a completely new piano technique that allowed playing fast and brilliantly at the same time. Transcriptions and paraphrases played a special role in Liszt’s professional life. Unlike others pianists of his time, he never viewed transcriptions as tools for showing off his virtuoso abilities. Liszt transcribed works of others in order to promote music of not very well known composers to the public .….


Composer: Franz Liszt

Performer: Michele Campanella
Vinyl 1978

Number of Discs: 1
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Label: PYE Nixa
DR-Analysis: DR 15
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Liszt, J. Strauss, Brahms – Karajan Express: HUNGARY


This album too, is all about Maestro Herbert von Karajan, who takes us to a short voyage through the beautiful Hungary. Have fun!


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Composer: Franz Liszt, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

Vinyl (1960-1968) 1974

Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 3.63 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) Franz Liszt – Works For Piano, Vol. 1 & 2 (Bolet)


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Let’s get something straight in the beginning: Jorge Bolet is an apotheosis of ANTI-virtuoso approach to the music of Franz Liszt. That is precisely why he is the pianist who – with the obvious exception of Leslie Howard of course – has probably done most to raise Liszt’s reputation as a truly great composer, far removed from the once popular notion of meretricious dilettante. So if you like Liszt for virtuosity’s sake only, you may just as well skip this. Why Jorge Bolet stayed out of the spotlights for so long before taking up his -glorious- career? It was his devotion to Liszt. By then, in the 1950s, Liszt was still regarded as a B-composer (There are still people who tend to think so: I read someone who called Liszt `the father of all bar pianists’. Now, if you know a worse offence…). Only after Liszt’s reputation had increased, Bolet could enter his `Indian summer’, which lasted from about 1975 until his passing away in 1990. During this period, he was finally able to perform his favourite music as much as possible….

Composer: Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert
Performer: Jorge Bolet

Vinyl 1983
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 15/14
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Argo) Liszt/Schumann – Concerto Pathetique/Andante & Variations (Lucas/Ogdon)


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Twenty eight years since his death, the story of John Ogdon’s life in music has just been told in his first full-length biography entitled Piano Man. Charles Beauclerk, a friend of the Ogdon family, gives what I think is a fascinating, unflinching, and honest account of Ogdon’s astonishing virtuosity, his victory at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1962, and his friendship with the other firebrands of New Music Manchester – Elgar Howarth, Alexander Goehr, Harrison Birtwistle, and Peter Maxwell Davies….
Audiophile factor & artistic factor: very high!

Composer: Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann
Performer: Brenda Lucas, John Ogdon
Vinyl 1972
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Argo
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 1.83 GB
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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) Franz Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 1/Hungarian Fantasy (Geza Anda)


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Lucky man, who can say to have as many as possible recordings by Geza Anda.


Composer: Franz Liszt

Performer: Geza Anda

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor: Otto Ackermann

Vinyl 1958

Number of Discs: 1

Format: FLAC

Label: Columbia

DR-Analysis: DR 11

Size: 395 MB

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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Vladimir Horowitz – Recordings from 1930-1951


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I give 5 stars for this boxset despite the old recording sound. Sound of piano itself is reasonably well for the day once you are used to the background noise, good enough to convey the subtlty and delicacy of his playing. Prokofiev’s Toccata is still fastest and most exciting on records, verging on super-human. Rachmaninov’s 3rd concerto is the best performance by Horowitz with more argency and intensity than his later recordings. The incandescent account of Liszt Sonata is one of the most compelling and beautiful along side Richter and Pogorelich’s classic accounts. Haydn and Scarlatti sonatas, Beethoven variations, Schumann’s Toccata, Chopin Etudes, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and so much more display Horowitz’ keen sense of tonal colours and mind blowing fluency of playing.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Albert Coates
Vinyl 1930-1951
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.74 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Various Composers – Vladimir Horowitz – The Studio Recordings New York 1985

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Schumann’s Kreisleriana was a Horowitz speciality. The interpretation here is freer, looser structurally than his 1969 recording. For me, the earlier version is still unmatched in its concentration and the laying bare of Schumann’s duality–in my opinion it remains Horowitz’s finest solo recording. But this 1985 version also has a lot going for it–the tempos are so flexible, without losing the basic meter; and the phrasing is just so “right.” Thus is it with the rest of the recording. This is some of Horowitz’s most romantic Scarlatti playing, almost as if Scarlatti were a baroque Chopin–not as outlandish as it seems, as Chopin adored Scarlatti’s music. The Liszt Valse Oubliee was another Horowitz specialty, he recorded it at least three times officially, this one is my favorite. Horowitz captures Liszt’s mystical eroticism in a way few others have matched. The Impromptu from 1872 is rarely played, and hearing it one understands the comment that Horowitz can get forty colors from a piano by striking two keys.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Schubert, Alexander Scriabin, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Vinyl 1986
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Various Composers – Horowitz In Moscow

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Can you figure out, what you are going to do, when you become 83 years old? Mr. Horowitz gave a legendary concert in Moscow, playing as beautiful as he maybe never did before. If you are reading this, I am sure you appreciate Horowitz and his music and have already listened to this famous recording. It is just as good as when it was recorded and is one of my favorite for piano music. In the unlikely case you are not familiar with Horowitz in Moscow, this is truly a gem and you should get it. If music can move you, this most certainly will, it is very pleasant.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Moritz Moszkowski
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Vinyl 1986
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.29 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Martha Argerich & Claudio Abbado – Complete Concerto Recordings (6 x 180g Remastered Vinyls)

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With this special edition DG pays tribute to an extraordinary musical partnership. The 6LP box set collects all the concerto recordings made by pianist Martha Argerich with conductor Claudio Abbado over more than 45 years. Their final meeting on stage took place at the Lucerne Festival at Easter 2013, where they performed two Mozart concertos. This special occasion was recorded, and the release was not only highly praised but is also Deutsche Grammophon’s most successful release of 2014 so far.
Martha Argerich and Claudio Abbado got to know each other through Friedrich Gulda, with whom they both studied in the late 1950s. Their close collaboration in the studio began in 1967 with Argerich’s brilliant concerto-debut release of the Prokofiev Third and Ravel G major. Each recording since then has been a success, as much with the critics as on a commercial level.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt, Frederik Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, Peter Tchaikowsky, Sergej Prokofiev
Performer: Martha Argerich
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Vinyl 2015
Number of discs: 6
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 15/14/15/15/14/17
Size: 11.67 GB
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HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (Epic) Chopin/Liszt – Piano Concerti (Rosen/Pritchard)

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Everything Charles Rosen has recorded is informed with his pristine clear technique and a sharp mind driving the fingers. No swooning here but lots to admire in his Chopin and Liszt.
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Composer: Frederyk Chopin, Franz Liszt
Performer: Charles Rosen
Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
Conductor: John Pritchard
Vinyl (1966)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Epic
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 496 MB
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Various Artists – The Originals: Legendary Recordings from the Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg, Gustav Holst, Carl Orff, Richard Strauss, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestras: London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra,
# Conductors: Claudio Abbado, William Steinberg, Eugen Jochum, Herbert von Karajan, Jewgenij Mrawinskij
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12, DR 14, DR 12, DR 12
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 479 3760
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (11.6GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.83GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.46GB)
# Recovery: 5%
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This is one of the best classical box sets I’ve heard. Outstanding performances, stunning sound quality, and perfect pressings. Enjoy!

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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI) Edward Grieg/Franz Liszt – Piano Concerti – György Cziffra

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Hungarian born György Cziffra was one of the most celebrated virtuosos of the post-war decades in Europe, noted for his powers of improvisation as a Liszt pianist. The Grieg Concerto is typical of Cziffra’s ‘mercurial quality’ while the Liszt Concerto is very much in the style with which Liszt ‘loved to astonish his adoring audiences’.
Cziffra’s legendary virtuosity and near-superhuman work ethic tended to overshadow the inner turmoil of a man who suffered deeply under the Nazi oppression, and then later from the post-war Hungarian regime, which eventually drove him into exile.

Composer: Edward Grieg, Franz Liszt
Performer: György Cziffra
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: André Vandernoot
Vinyl (1959)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 507 MB
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