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listen  1. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.1 in C sharp minor, S.24413:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.3 in B flat, S.244 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.4 in E flat, S.244 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.5 in E minor, S.244 Heroïde-Elégiaque 8:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.8 in F sharp minor, S.244 7:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.15 in A minor, S.244 Rákóczy March 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Performer: Michele Campanella
  • Composer: Franz Liszt
  • Audio CD (October 12, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000416M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Whatever happened to these highly enjoyable works? They seem to have dropped off the face of the pianistic earth. Everyone in the universe knows the Second Hungarian Rhapsody, if only from the famous Bugs Bunny cartoon (remember, the one with the mouse in the piano?), and several of these pieces exist in orchestral versions as well. But very few pianists seem to be playing them anymore, and recordings are even more rare. It's a pity, because they remain among the most entertaining and successful pieces that Liszt wrote. This complete set is easily the finest available, and its reissue at two discs for the price of one makes it even more desirable. --David Hurwitz

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I also own the multi-record set originally issued, and the CD does the vinyl justice fully.
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I guarantee you will not be able to return to Campanella after hearing Cziffra, unless you simply are looking for something to help you get to sleep at night.
"s_molman"
Liszt was a brilliant composer and when his Hungarian Rhapsodies are played by Campanella, it is MAGISTIC to say the least!
Shane

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sal A. Mander on December 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have owned this collection for over 30 years (my mother got it for me when I was only 10) and it is and always will be the standard by which I judge all others. The fact that it is the standard does not make it automatically the best, just the standard.

What is undeniable is MR. Campanella's skill and talent. Many of these pieces can best be described as fiendish by Mr. Liszt's victims (among them myself). Mr. Campanella escapes our fate and if Franz were around to hear it he would no doubt congratulate Campanella for having the courage to take them all on and the forebearance/talent to succeed admirably on virtually every level.

I doubt very seriously that if this session was so awful that Philips/Decca would have bothered to keep it in continuous production for so long or to have reissued it on CD. If they had included the original copious liner notes from the vinyl pressing there would be no doubt in anyone's mind as to Michele's gender. But while this is a "budget" offering with smaller liner notes, etc. it still holds an embarassment of riches and remains a notable standard.

It is definitely worth a listen. It continues to bring me enjoyment after all these years.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ari r. on September 1, 2004
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I think this version is awesome. The Campanella's performance is warm, frenzy, full of passion, intense, melancholic... everytime I listen to the rhapsody no. 2 my head is shooked....... though, the sound quality could be better (mainly on the disc 2), but I think the playing is outstanding, just as Liszt has to be played.

Only comparable to the Cziffra's version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Fan on January 1, 2008
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I should first say that I never heard Liszt play these so I don't know how the performance rates with the Composer's.

In fact, I don't know that I've heard ANYONE play the full set, other than Campanella.

I cannot find fault with a performer for his technical excellence, and Campanella clearly has the technical aspects of these pieces nailed. I do have numerous other performances of the pieces individually, and I would say that Campanella's are at least as musical as the others, e.g., Bolet and Perahia.

While a person can argue that one is more musical than the other, it would be very difficult to conclude that one is SUBSTANTIALLY more musical. And Campanella's technical ability is clearly unmatched by other performers. Thus, giving Campanella the nod is not difficult for me (in fairness, I don't recall having heard a Horowitz performance of any of these, so I obviously don't have all the information).

I first received this set on LP as part of an offering from the "International Preview Society" -- a set which included other music (transcendental etudes, I believe). I had wanted these on CD, and was most pleased to discover they were available as I had not seen them until recently.

I generally prefer to purchase individual performances over a box such as this one; however, in this case, the performances are excellent, and I certainly believe anyone interested in owning a full set of the Hungarian Rhapsodies will appreciate these.

Five stars.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rindt on March 15, 2002
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...and that ain't necessarily a good thing. The truth of the matter is that this performance is clean, technically sound, completely accurate to the score, and perfectly in line with what is demanded of a modern "complete" recording. However, it has nothing of the Gypsy that inspired the music, displays no freedom or thinking outside the printed page, and is lacking in true personality. This is not Campanella's fault - he is playing what current trends demand, to a world of competitions and recordings all expecting accuracy before interpretation. And I can't fault those listeners who are impressed by this performance, as they are products of the same environment. Indication of this is to be found in the famous 2nd, which calls for a cadenza that is rarely supplied these days. But these performances are not at all in the true Liszt tradition, and I'm positive the Master would have found them banal, since it took much more than fancy fingerwork to impress the greatest pianist ever. He was also the greatest PLAYER ever, interpreting and communicating the soul of the music before the brilliance. Even with his downright show-off pieces, Liszt was renown as a great communicator on the piano.

If you want to own a compilation disc of these pieces and desire to hear truly great playing, check out the recording put out by VAI Audio which has a different performer from the past century playing each Rhapsody. Or check out Cziffra, Howard, or even Brendel. Magnificent performances of individual Rhapsodies can be found by Cortot, Brailowsky, Horowitz, Argerich, Rachmaninoff, and Marc-Andre Hamelin (the most recent). Some of the recordings are not technologically modern, but the playing makes up for it.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "s_molman" on August 27, 2001
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So this brand of bland playing is what pianism is coming to now? How sad. Soon there will come a time when people simply do not know that this music should get your blood flowing, not be a good sedative. Yes, he gets everything nice and clean and his technique is superb, but he misses the core point of these works, the spine-tingling intoxication that someone like Cziffra can bring out. "Warm" is not a word that should be used when refering to these works, and hearing it should set off warning bells. And they certainly are not "songs". The positive reviewers below mean well, but I don't even know what "magistic" is supposed to mean, and none of them seem to realize that Campanella is a man, not a woman. So take their enthusiasm for what it is. But don't buy this set unless you are just curious. Get the late 50s Cziffra set. The 70s set that EMI just released in their Great Recordings of the Century series is good too, but I am willing to put up with the less good sound of the earlier set to get that extra bit of adrenaline that is present. I guarantee you will not be able to return to Campanella after hearing Cziffra, unless you simply are looking for something to help you get to sleep at night.
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