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Cziffra in Tokyo 1964
Cziffra in Tokyo 1964
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Price: 9.93

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cd I have brought in a long, long time..., 21 Feb 2011
This review is from: Cziffra in Tokyo 1964 (Audio CD)
It is very easy to resort to hyperbole when attempting to describe the pianistic ability of Mr. Cziffra. He has been likened to the reincarnation of Liszt himself (high praise indeed!!) to "half arch angel, half demon" and indeed, it is difficult in the extreme to try and write dispassionately about this cd. So without gushing or raving I will confine myself to saying that the pianism on this disc is the greatest I have ever heard. Period. Horowitz, Howard, Hamelin et al are nowhere near. Cziffra is a phenomenon.If you would like a taste before buying, simply go on youtube and see for yourself. The Chopin on this release is by turns tender, raging, lyrical and obviously very deeply felt. The Liszt, however, must be heard to be believed. Jaw dropping.

Gyorgy Cziffra [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Gyorgy Cziffra [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Guy J. Nijs

5.0 out of 5 stars The most exciting pianist ever....., 10 Jan 2011
The booklet that comes with this astounding dvd says that when Mr. Cziffra first emerged on the music scene, a rumour swept through paris that he was the reincarnation of Liszt. Watching the performances on this disc it is easy to see why. What is not so easy to see is why the name of Cziffra is not better known. This dvd is a quite literally a MUST see, not only for Lisztians or classical music connoisseurs, anyone with even a passing interest in the piano (of any genre) should see this to see what ten fingers are truly capable of. For an introduction to the thunder and lightening side of Liszt, this is a perfect place to start. I have listened to a lot of pianists in my time and can honestly say, to my ears, there is no one quite like the gentleman on this disc. A master of masters.

The Portable Edgar Allan Poe (Penguin Classics)
The Portable Edgar Allan Poe (Penguin Classics)
by Edgar Allan Poe
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have...., 12 Oct 2010
The singular genius of Edgar Allan Poe is suitably represented in this competitively priced compendium of his works. The literary genius of the man was all encompasing, poems and essays, reviews and scientific speculation-but above all his short stories. Ligeia is possibly one of the most brilliant stories ever penned (Bernard Shaw deemed it "unapproachable"). It is sensual, learned, intriguing and strangely comforting. The precursor of the Sherlock Holmes genre can be found here in the three Dupin mysteries and most edifying they prove too. I would urge most strongly, however, the reader to pay special attention to the fragments from "Marginalia", "The Poetic Principle" and "Eureka" found towards the end of the book. These establish Poe far above that of a mere story teller and give one a hint of the formidable intellect behind the works. Poe grappled with the mysteries of existence and the genesis of the universe during his all too short life and drew some profound conclusions, leaving future generations much too muse upon.On a personal level, I find his comment that poetry exists to put one in direct contact with beauty in the form of language. If one reads these before the short stories, the themes contained therein take on a new significance-particularly that of Ligeia. This book cannot be recommended strongly enough.

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