Gyorgy Ferenczi is a pianist entirely new to me and I am giddy with excitement. He was a pupil of Ernő Dohnányi, and of István Thomán who had been a student of Franz Liszt. He, in turn, was a professor at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest and the teacher of the legendary Gyorgy Cziffra who said of him, "The piano seems to simply blossom in his hands."
He plays Chopin in a manner uniquely his own. It is exquisite Chopin, sometimes thoughtful, sometimes daring, always fascinating. His use of contrasting dynamics to represent the question and answer often used by Chopin in his Mazurkas is something I find particularly delicious in his playing of this music.
In addition to being one of the greatest of the unsing pianists of the last century, it is interesting to note that Gyorgy Ferenczi was one of the world's leading bridge players, and European champion in 1938. I would dearly love to hear more of his Schumann, and his Scarlatti, and his Schubert . . . and Bach the father.
Couperin, Chopin & Liszt
Couperin "Soeur Monique"
(02:59) Chopin Waltz in D♭ major, Op 64 ~1 "Minute Waltz"
(04:45) Liszt Soirées de Vienne, Valses Caprices d'apres Schubert, S 427 ~6
Chopin Mazurka in F♯ minor, Op 6 ~1
Chopin Mazurka in E♭ minor, Op 6 ~4
(a comparison, of which the performance by Ferenczi is eloquent, Those by Brailovsky and Flier excellent, and the one by Rubinstein a joke)
1 Heinrich Neuhuas - 2 Artur Rubinstein (01:10)
3 Gyorgy Ferenczy 01:34
4 Alexander Uninsky 03:04
5 Henryk Sztompka 03:46
6 Alexander Brailowsky 04:35
7 Yakov Flier 05:25
Chopin Mazurka in A♭ major, Op 7 ~4
Chopin Mazurka in A minor, Op 17 ~4
(a comparison in which both are lovely, but the performance by Ferenczi retains a genuine aura of the dance)
1 Jakov Flier - 2 Gyorgy Ferenczi (04:37)
both were recorded in 1958
Chopin Mazurka in B minor, Op 30 ~2
(a comparison, of which the performance by Ferenczi is the only one that I find intersting, and the one by Lilamand a horror)
1 György Ferenczi (00:00) - 2 Nadia Reisenberg (01:35)
3 Charles Lilamand (02:50) - 4 Milosz Magin (03:49)
Chopin Mazurka in A♭ major, Op 41 ~4
Chopin Mazurka in A♭ major, Op 50 ~2
recorded in 1958
Chopin Mazurka in F♯ minor, Op 59 ~3
Chopin Mazurka in C♯ minor, Op 63 ~3
Chopin Waltz in C♯ minor, Op 64 ~2
Schumann selections from Kinderszenen, Op 15
in E major, L 224
in D major, L 278
CPE Bach Solfeggietto (H 220, Wq 117:2)
Weber Pollacca Brillante
For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background
Murder in the House of the Muse
which is also available as an audiobook.
And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:
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