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Classic Archive - György Cziffra, Benno Moďseďwitsch, Jorge Bolet

Classic Archive: Piano Virtuosos
Release Date: 09/30/2008 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 3085288  
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinFranz LisztSergei RachmaninovRobert Schumann
Performer:  György CziffraBenno MoiseiwitschJorge Bolet
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 2 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

MediciArts offers a new collection of music films: ”Classic Archive“ presents great performances by legendary artists, remastered using the latest digital technology and enhanced with commentary for today’s audiences. These jewels of music broadcasting have been salvaged from various archives and been made accessible for home viewing audiences - appealing and enjoyable performances, that offer a unique glimpse into our classical music heritage. This edition combines three fascinating piano virtuosi who have thus far been underrepresented on video recordings despite the sheer grandeur of their music-making: György Cziffra, Benno Moïseïwitsch and Jorge Bolet appear here in recordings made by the BBC in 1962 and 1963. The Read more recital by György Cziffra (1921–94) opens with an improvisation inspired in particular by Chopin, whose Étude in C major Cziffra then plays at a vertiginous prestissimo. The programme builds to a thrilling climax with a high-octane performance of the Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 by the pianist’s favourite composer, Franz Liszt. Benno Moïseïwitsch (1890–1963) was famous for his impassivity at the piano even when the technical difficulties seemed insurmountable. His virtuosity and musicality were marvellously well suited to the Romantic and post-Romantic repertory. He is heard here in works by Schumann and Rachmaninov. Moiseiwitsch and Rachmaninov were close friends and the composer regarded him as one of the finest interpreters of his music. Like Cziffra, Jorge Bolet (1914–90) belonged to the Lisztian tradition, having been privileged to work with Leopold Godowsky while he was still very young. Above all, however, his mentors included two of Liszt’s most famous pupils, Moritz Rosenthal and Emil von Sauer. Capable of mastering even the most difficult scores, Bolet never sought virtuosity for its own sake, this is clear in his performances of Liszt’s Grand ‘galop chromatique’, which contrasts sharply with Cziffra’s reading of the same piece, and of Chopin’s Berceuse.

Programme include works by Johann Sebastian Bach / Ferruccio Busoni, Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Liszt, Fryderyk Chopin, Isaac Albeniz, Robert Schumann and Sergei Rachmaninov.

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: LPCM 2.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Booklet notes: Track listing in English, French, German
Running time: 132 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 1 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
2.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 6 in D flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Work(s) by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Benno Moiseiwitsch (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Work(s) by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Benno Moiseiwitsch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
5.
Grand galop chromatique for Piano, S 219 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
6.
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 

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