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Franz Liszt: “Hungarian Rhapsody No.1” and “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2”

Above is Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Iván Fischer. Oszkár Ökrös plays the incredibly cool instrument at the beginning, which is a cimbalom. The performance, according to the YouTube notes, was on October 24, 2009.

Liszt obviously was incredibly creative — except when it came to naming his pieces. Below Adam Gyorgy plays Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

Here are the starts of two bios. First, from Bio.com:

Franz Liszt was born on October 22, 1811, in Raiding, Hungary. His father, a multi-instrumentalist, taught him to play piano. By the time Liszt was 9 years old, he was performing in concert halls. As an adult, he toured extensively throughout Europe. He had an affair and children with Marie díAgoult, and later lived with Princess Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein. By his death, he had written more than 700 compositions. Continue Reading…

And from Classical Net:

Franz Liszt (October 22, 1811 – July 31, 1886) was a major figure in 19th-century music, an innovator in the way he combined a fierce and unquenchable creative fire with a fully developed connoisseur’s appreciation of both the music of contemporary composers and of giant figures from the past. Continue Reading…