Franz Liszt

Hungarian Rhapsody, for orchestra No. 6 in D major ("Carnival in Pest"), S. 359/6 (LW G21/6)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Much confusion has resulted from Liszt's orchestral versions of his famous Hungarian Rhapsodies for piano, not only because he renumbered them, but because others have taken it upon themselves to change his renumbering. For example, the famous Rhapsody No. 2 was placed fourth in the orchestral set by Liszt, but returned to its second spot on certain recordings, presumably to avoid confusion. But confusion is what that reordering has caused. In any event, this is the ninth in the piano set, but the last of the six in the orchestral versions. It dramatically opens as strings vehemently rise from the bass regions only to turn subdued. A playful melody is soon heard against a slow rhythm played by pizzicato bass strings. Gradually, the mood brightens and becomes more colorful, the tempo quickening from Sempre moderato a capriccio to Allegretto. One Hungarian dance tune follows another in this work, but the last one, based on the lively folk song Mikor en meg legeny voltam, holds center stage for nearly the last half of this 12-minute piece. The closing Allegro moderato and Presto sections are full of colorful twists and turns, with scurrying strings, proud brass proclamations, clashing cymbals, and an ecstatic sense of celebration.

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2016
    RCA Red Seal
    88985321742
    2013
    CPO
    CPO 7777972
    2013
    Urania
    WS 121220
    2012
    Decca / Mercury Living Presence
    001653302
    2011
    ZYX / ZYX Classical / ZYX Music
    CLA 101142
    2010
    Decca
    2009
    Denon Records
    2009
    Denon Records
    2008
    ABC Classics
    4766929
    2007
    Berlin Classics
    0186002
    2007
    Various Artists
    Resonance
    CDRSN3090
    2006
    Apex
    2006
    BMG
    82876772552
    2003
    Various Artists
    Delta Distribution
    40037
    2002
    Apex
    89129
    2001
    St. Clair
    7318
    2000
    Hungaroton Echo Collection
    1026
    1999
    Biddulph Recordings
    WHL063
    1999
    Various Artists
    Madacy
    9503
    1998
    Decca
    1997
    Various Artists
    Naxos
    8 556667
    1996
    Original Soundtrack
    Sony Classical
    62012
    1995
    Madacy
    7680
    1995
    Hungaroton
    12721
    1995
    Lydian
    18111
    1994
    Naxos
    550142
    1993
    Various Artists
    Naxos
    551117
    1991
    Various Artists
    Laserlight
    35895
    1991
    Various Artists
    Laserlight
    15667
    1986
    Philips
    412724
    Various Artists
    Laserlight
    15895
    Quintessence
    2042
    Intersound
    872
    CBS Records Masterworks
    44926
    Pilz
    446932