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Chopin: OEuvres Pour Piano by Georges Cziffra



" Cziffra was perhaps the greatest pianistic technician of the last century, with a jaw-dropping technique. He was initially lauded as a reincarnation of Liszt but eventually fell victim to a particularly vicious and vacuous critical clique who drove him into self-doubt. Cziffra himself wrote of these talentless morons: 'Personally, with very few exceptions, I have never come across a critic able to do other than condemn as a means of showing off his piranha-like erudition – unless the prey is too big for him, in which case he is quick to acclaim the victor. These carrion beetles of the mind, and they are legion, are easily recognized by their boundless pride and pathetic intellect.'
Perhaps nowhere was the savagery felt than in Cziffra's Chopin. I bought these discs to test out the naysayers but am pleased to report that Cziffra presents Chopin on fire. If you value elegance above all then look elsewhere, but I much prefer this to some of the faceless and sentimentalised Chopin that all is too easily mistaken for taste today.
I have thoroughly enjoyed these discs. Just listen to the Etudes and be amazed. This is Chopin on fire! "


CD1 19 Valses (59:42)

CD2 Polonaises "Héroique", "Militaire", Op. 40 N°2, Op.44 "Polonaise-fantaisie", Boléro, Tarentelle, Barcarolle (61:55)

CD3 4 Impromptus, Ballade N°4, Sonates N°2 & N°3 (76:38)

CD4 12 Etudes Op.10 - 12 Etudes Op.25 (57:38)

CD5 Concerto pour piano N°1, Krakowiak, 2 Chants polonais (trans. Franz Liszt), Fantaisie Op.49 (72:57)

Excellent recordings of essential Chopin masterpieces by the best pianist virtuoso of the XXth century culminating with a unique and celebrated recording of the Piano Concerto no.1.


Brand New/sealed 5CD Box
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