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LISZT: 6 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S359/R441

Composer(s):Liszt, Franz
Artist(s) Fagen, Arthur, Conductor • Weimar Staatskapelle
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570230
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Although Hungarian by birth, it was only later in his career that Franz Liszt came to be regarded as a Hungarian national hero. His fifteen Hungarian Rhapsodies, piano pieces in Hungarian gypsy style, won wide popularity, and six of these were later orchestrated, with the help of flautist and conductor Franz Doppler, to whom Liszt himself gave full credit for the work. The six orchestrations are, themselves, lively instrumental pieces, performed on this recording by the Weimar orchestra that Liszt himself once directed.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2007

The success that Franz Liszt enjoyed with the series of Hungarian Rhapsodies that he began composing for piano in 1839 prompted Franz Doppler to suggest that he should orchestrate six of them. How much the two then worked together on the scores is unclear, though it would have been a masterpiece of pastiche if Doppler had produced such an idiomatic Liszt sound by himself. At the time Liszt believed that the gypsy music he had collected was of true Hungarian origin, though it has since become clear it was the gypsy adaptation of contemporary art-music heard on their travels. Whatever their origin the Hungarian Dances have remained in the orchestral repertoire, Doppler having captured the mood of the era, the music sparkling with vitality in their dance rhythms, occasional paragraphs



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