Franz Liszt

Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 8 in F sharp minor ("Lento a capriccio"), S. 244/8 (LW A132/8)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Some listeners may already know that Liszt did not necessarily use genuine folk melodies in his Hungarian Rhapsodies. In No. 8 here, he did employ a melody from the Hungarian folk song Kaka toven kolt a ruca, but also made use of a tune by Márk Rózsavölgyi. What is generally Hungarian about the works in the set, however, is the folkish cast Liszt is able to impart to the music. Gypsy flavors abound and many other ethnic styles indigenous to Hungary infuse the notes, but Liszt also injects his own colorful and virtuosic style throughout the works. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 8, nicknamed by some "Capriccio" apparently after its marking of Lento e capriccio, begins with a short, dramatic introduction. The ensuing main theme is slow and melancholy, and draws all sorts of ornamentation. Here, Liszt attempts to imitate the sounds of the cimbalom, a Hungarian version of the dulcimer whose strings are struck by little hammers. When the second theme appears midway through, the mood brightens and the music evokes images of a peasant celebration. The festive manner turns rollicking at the close as pianistic fireworks abound. This attractive Rhapsody has a duration of six to seven minutes.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Sony Classical 88843071652
    2013 Broken Audio BRAU 0996
    2012 Akedem Records
    2012 Piano Classics PCLM 0041
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099967870820
    2011 Gramola 98924
    2011 Piano Classics PCLD 0016
    2009 Music & Arts 1234
    2008 Oehms Classics 572
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93276
    2008 Brilliant 93761
    2006 APR (Appian) 7040
    2001 EMI Music Distribution 67555
    2001 Brilliant 99273
    2001 Forlane 7
    2001 Brilliant 99351
    2001 Ivory Records 72002
    2000 EMI Music Distribution 69003
    1999 Vanguard 128
    1996 Sony Classical Essential Classics 62338
    1996 Sony Music Distribution 62817
    1995 APR (Appian) 7037
    1993 Centaur Records 2063
    1993 Centaur Records 2066
    1988 Opal OPALCD9839
    Vanguard 130
    Brilliant 99357
    The Piano Library 226
    MCA 10328
    Naxos 970188