Hungarian Rhapsodies
Franz Liszt


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Liszts's rhapsodies have appeared in the chart every year except 2005. This year they're up 37

Aside from being an acclaimed composer, Liszt was a phenomenally accomplished pianist. His ability to play the sheer number of notes that he did, at such speed and with such precision, amazed all who heard him. So it's not surprising that in his solo piano repertoire, Liszt stretches the capabilities of both the instrument and the soloist to their limits. Nowhere is there a better example of this than in his famous Hungarian Rhapsody No.2. This particular rhapsody actually comes from a set of twenty such pieces, all composed for solo piano, although some were later orchestrated. As well as being a vehicle for demonstrating the performer's virtuosity, they also convey some of the greatest elements of Hungarian folk music, which Liszt painstakingly researched before lovingly composing this set.