Franz Liszt

Hungarian Fantasy (Fantasie über ungarische Volksmelodien), for piano & orchestra, S. 123 (LW H12)

    Description by Steven Coburn

    Liszt's single-movement concerto titled Hungarian Fantasia (1852) is in the same style and tradition as the composer's Hungarian Rhapsodies; in fact, the Fantasia is comprised mainly of material from the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14, S. 244, slightly rearranged and augmented by an orchestral accompaniment. (Even though the Fantasia was published before the Rhapsody, it is likely the solo incarnation was written first; the exact compositional dates of the Rhapsodies are unclear.)

    Structurally, the Fantasia differs from many of the Rhapsodies, which generally present a clear succession of three traditional Hungarian dances: the lassan, czifra, and friska. Although these dances are evident in the Fantasia, particularly in the long and brilliant friska section, much of the material is derived from the famous bold, marchlike theme of the first prominent forte passage. Liszt also treats a wide variety of material more freely in its combinations and juxtapositions than is usual for this type of work. Whether its large scale was the result of its orchestral expansion, or the inspiration for it, the result is one of Liszt's most popular and successful efforts.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Sony Classical 88843071652
    2015 RCA Red Seal 88875030742
    2014 APR (Appian) APR 7401
    2013 ICA Classics ICAB 5114
    2012 ICA Classics ICAC 5079
    2012 DG Deutsche Grammophon 002894770055
    2012 EMI Classics
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099960232
    2012 Doremi Records DHR 7984
    2011 Capriccio Records 7095
    2011 IDIS IDIS 6616
    2011 Warner Classics
    2011 Warner Classics 2564667226
    2011 Red Bus Classical RCLAS 019
    2011 Decca
    2011 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2011 DG Deutsche Grammophon B00156512
    2011 Cascavelle VEL3151
    2011 Brilliant Classics BRI 9021
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon / DG Deutsche Grammophon 002894779525
    2011 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Decca 4782374
    2010 Decca
    2009 Denon Records 00795041104366
    2009 Ivory Classics 79001
    2009 EMI Classics 13251
    2009 Denon Records 00795041105868
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Piano 21 22
    2009 Denon Records
    2008 Chandos 10455
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099920610
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93700
    2008 Archipel 0375
    2008 Sony Classical Essential Classics 731846
    2007 HDC 40300
    2007 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 0946392747
    2007 MSR Classics 1210
    2007 BBC Legends 5004
    2006 Apex
    2006 Danacord 651
    2006 Chandos CHANX10371
    2006 Doremi Records 7870
    2005 Delta Distribution 16327
    2004 Archipel 260
    2004 Decca
    2003 Delta Distribution 40037
    2003 EMI Music Distribution 85573
    2003 Brilliant 99936
    2003 Delta Distribution 40040
    2002 Testament 1231
    2002 Apex 89129
    2002 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 7243574736
    2002 Decca 470257
    2002 Naxos 8110683
    2001 Chandos 9864
    2000 Seraphim UK 74012
    2000 BBC Music 4031
    1999 APR (Appian) 5529
    1999 Decca 4583612
    1999 DG Deutsche Grammophon 419862
    1999 Brilliant 99936/2
    1998 Historical Piano 057
    1998 Hyperion CDA67403/4
    1998 DG Deutsche Grammophon 453130
    1998 Delta Distribution 11543
    1997 Carlton Classics 6702147
    1997 Hungaroton 31684
    1996 Testament 1071
    1996 Sony Classical Essential Classics 62338
    1996 Music & Arts CD-945
    1995 Sony Classical 64596
    1995 Hungaroton 12721
    1995 Discover 920212
    1995 Hungaroton 31461
    1995 APR (Appian) 7037
    1994 Infinity Digital 57260
    1994 Encore Recordings 68120
    1992 Chesky Records 50
    1992 EMI Music Distribution 67366
    1992 Sony Music Distribution 48167
    1992 London 433075
    1991 Laserlight 35895
    1991 Laserlight 15667
    RFCM Symphony Orchestra
    Koch 7035
    Sony Music Distribution 47283
    Laserlight 15895
    Forlane 16516
    High Definition Classics 095
    BMG 60953
    Everest 9015
    Sony Music Distribution 61987
    Bescol 526
    Forlane 13141
    Reader's Digest Music 170
    Erato 88035
    Erato 45206
    RCA 62679
    Fonit-Cetra Italia 3012
    Laserlight 631
    RCA 57916
    EXL 31119
    Decca 467801
    Forlane 13141/42
    London 414079
    DG Deutsche Grammophon 469 151-2GP2
    Music & Arts 760
    B&N 2433