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Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies, Etc / Mark Hambourg


Release Date: 01/10/2006 
Label:  Apr (Appian) Catalog #: 7040   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark HambourgMichal Hambourg
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mark Hambourg has become a somewhat forgotten figure today but from his first recording in 1909 until the mid 1930's he was a mainstay of the HMV catalogue and one of the most prolific recording artists of the time. Hambourg was born in Russia and studied there and with the great teacher Leschetitzky in Vienna but when still a teenager his family moved to London and Hambourg made England his home for the rest of his life. He was a pianist of the old school and this is exemplified in these performances of the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies, the first such cycle to be committed to disc. This is about as far away from 'urtext' playing as one can get; indeed often it sounds as if the performances are being improvised, but who's to say this is not Read more nearer they style the composer would have expected. It was only after Hambourg had recorded a few of the most popular Rhapsodies that it was decided to make a complete cycle and three of these earlier recordings were remade. We have included the first recordings here as an appendix though in the event the later recording of the Rákóczy March was never issued so only the first exists. There is a further mystery about Rhapsodies 1 & 3. These also were not issued and the masters subsequently destroyed, however there are single copies of each held at the International Piano Archives at the University of Maryland and we are very happy to present them here. Finally, by way of a filler, we have included the first commercial recording of Liszt's Concerto pathétique for two pianos where Hambourg is joined by his daughter Michal. None of these titles has been reissued since their first appearance on 78's so this makes for a truly collectable set which is sure to be snapped up by pianophiles. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 1, Lento quasi recitativo in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 12/1934 
2.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 2 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 07/1926 
3.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 3 in B flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1934 
4.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 4 in E flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1932 
5.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 5 in E minor "Héroide élégiaque" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1934 
6.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 6 in D flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1934 
7.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 7 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1935 
8.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 8 in F sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1927 
9.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 9 in E flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1932 
10.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 10 in E major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1929 
11.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 11 in A minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1927 
12.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 12 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1930 
13.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 13 in A minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1934 
14.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 14 in F minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1929 
15.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 15 in a "Rákóczy March" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1886 
Date of Recording: 11/1927 
16.
Concerto pathétique, S 365 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michal Hambourg (Piano), Mark Hambourg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1857; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1934 

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