GRIEG: PI­ANO CONCERTO: LISZT: PI­ANO CONCERTO NO 1; HUN­GAR­IAN FAN­TASY

Ge­orges Cz­iffra, Orchestre Na­tional de l’ortf/ge­orges Tzip­ine, An­dré Cluytens ICA Clas­sics ICAC 5079 ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS SHUFFLE - MICHAEL DERVAN

There are those who see the per­for­mance of mu­sic as an act of ser­vice, with mu­si­cians al­ways sub­servient to the wishes of com­posers. There are oth­ers who see the mat­ter more as a kind of trans­fer of own­er­ship, with per­form­ers tak­ing full pos­ses­sion in their own terms of the raw ma­te­rial. The Hun­gar­ian pi­anist Ge­orges Cz­iffra (1921-94) was def­i­nitely of the sec­ond dis­po­si­tion. In the 1950s he be­came the gold-stan­dard for hair-fly­ing Liszt play­ing. The live per­for­mances cap­tured here all date from 1959 and give a good flavour of Cz­iffra’s un­fet­tered, risk-tak­ing ap­proach. And, if your blood pres­sure can take the strain, the free­dom of his best stu­dio record­ings of the same pe­riod is even more im­pres­sive. url.ie/e6sy

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