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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Zoltán Kocsis

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  • Performer: Zoltán Kocsis
  • Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer, Edo de Waart
  • Composer: Edvard Grieg, Béla Bartók, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy
  • Audio CD (11 Jan. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Great Pianists of the 20th Century
  • ASIN: B00000I0LG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lyric Pieces, Op. 43: 1. Butterfly
  2. Lyric Pieces, Op. 43: 2. Solitary Traveller
  3. Lyric Pieces, Op. 43: 3. In My Native Country
  4. Lyric Pieces, Op. 43: 4. Little Bird
  5. Lyric Pieces, Op. 43: 5. Erotikon
  6. Lyric Pieces, Op. 43: 6. To The Spring
  7. Roumanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56: 1. Stick Dance
  8. Roumanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56: 2. Sash Dance
  9. Roumanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56: 3. In One Spot (Stamping Dance)
  10. Roumanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56: 4. Horn Dance
  11. Roumanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56: 5. Roumanian Polka
  12. Roumanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56: 6. Fast Dance
  13. Les jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este
  14. Deux Arabesques: 1. Andantino con moto
  15. Deux Arabesques: 2. Allegretto scherzando
  16. D'un cahier d'esquisses
  17. Suite Bergamasque: 1. Prelude
  18. Suite Bergamasque: 2. Menuet
  19. Suite Bergamasque: 3. Clair de lune
  20. Suite Bergamasque: 4. Passepied
  21. L'isle joyeuse
  22. Estampes: 1. Pagodes
  23. Estampes: 2. Soiree dans Grenade
  24. Estampes: 3. Jardins sous la pluie

Disc: 2

  1. Piano Concerto No.4 In G Minor, Op. 40: 1. Allegro vivace. Alla breve
  2. Piano Concerto No.4 In G Minor, Op. 40: 2. Largo
  3. Piano Concerto No.4 In G Minor, Op. 40: 3. Allegro vivace
  4. Prelude In C Sharp Minor, Op. 3 No. 2
  5. Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14
  6. Fantasy For Piano And Orchestra: 1. Andante ma non troppo - Allegro giusto
  7. Fantasy For Piano And Orchestra: 2. Lento e molto espressivo
  8. Fantasy For Piano And Orchestra: 3. Allegro molto
  9. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Introduzione. Maestoso
  10. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Tema. Allegro
  11. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Var. 1: Poco piu mosso
  12. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Var. 2: Risoluto
  13. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Var. 3
  14. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Var. 4: Molto meno mosso. Allegretto moderato
  15. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Var. 5: Piu mosso
  16. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Var. 6: Ancora piu mosso. Allegro
  17. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Var. 7: Walzer. Tempo giusto
  18. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Var. 8: Alla marcia. Allegro moderato
  19. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Var. 9: Presto - Andante rubato
  20. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Var. 10: Passacaglia. Adagio non troppo
  21. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Var. 11: Choral. Maestoso
  22. Variations On A Nursery Song, Op. 25: Finale Fugato. Allegro vivace - Tempo del tema - Molto allegro

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9609f750) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x960ab2e8) out of 5 stars Great pianist plays Great (although not most popular) music 3 Aug. 2002
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Zoltan Kocsis is far from world's most popular pianist but after hearing this compilation you might wish you had heard about him earlier. Kocsis is able to deliver precise and convincing renditions of these pieces that are fluid and heartfelt. Grieg's Lyric Pieces are played with clarity yet each one has a distinct character. Each piece is on this 2-CD program is a real treat. Debussy's Suite Bergamasque, a Kocsis staple, is performed beautifully here. Are you familiar with Dohnanyi's Variations? It turns one of the most trite themes (I resist telling you what it is, because I'll spoil the joke) into a Brahmsian waltz, hokey music box, toy march, placid chorale, and ominous horn calls. With all its tempo changes and intertwined soloist-orchestra passages, this piece requires a superior pianist, conductor and orchestra to come over well. You won't find a better recording than this one.

Much of the music here has a playful and or light-hearted nature and Kocsis is able to make this come through without making the music sound superficial. He succeeds wonderfully in this regard in the Liszt work, Debussy's Second Arabesque, Bartok's Roumanian Folk Dances and Dohnanyi's Variations. Though playful and fun, what really makes these works sparkle is Kocsis' rhythmic and technical precision, especially when he performs with the orchestral accompaniment.

This is a varied and stimulating collection of music played spectacularly well. You will be awed at Kocsis' technique and heartfelt interpretations. Another rare treasure here is Debussy's Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, a work that should be better known but isn't, simply because it doesn't treat the piano as a solo instrument. In this work, and in the Dohnanyi, the orchestral accompaniment provided by the orchestra with Ivan Fischer conducting is top notch, and features especially nice playing from the brass and winds. Maestro Fisher is able to stick to Kocsis like glue through all the twists of Dohnanyi's Variations. I wish there were more Hungarian music here (Bartok, for instance) because that is really Kocsis' specialty. Buy this 2CD volume and then look for more Kocsis recordings elsewhere. Five stars.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e77408) out of 5 stars excellent 17 Mar. 2006
By someone - Published on Amazon.com
There are many big names in this collection and many of them very well known. I think -maybe I am wrong- Kocsis is not in the rank of most famous artists. But one must confess that he is an extraordinary pianist. Every piece in the first cd, Grieg, Debussy, Liszt and Bartok is wonderful. Especially, his Debussy is great. He deserved to known much better. But, does it matter? Ofcourse not.

Desert island disc!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96cd245c) out of 5 stars A delight 19 Aug. 2000
By Santiago Barcon - Published on Amazon.com
This double record by Mr. Kocsis shows the incredible ability and soul that he is able to achieve.
The performances of Debussy are among the best available, and you get the Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, not a common recorded work.
The piano concerto 4 of Rachmaninoff is interesting, but other version are more romantic, better for my taste.
On Dohnanyi, it is a pleasure the lightness of the play, and kids should love this work, not very common performed.
Overall, a must have with excellent recording and presentation.
HASH(0x96f5c060) out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Jun. 2016
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Price is right and quality perfect
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x960ab8e8) out of 5 stars excellent 17 Mar. 2006
By someone - Published on Amazon.com
There are many big names in this collection and many of them very well known. I think -maybe I am wrong- Kocsis is not in the rank of most famous artists. But one must confess that he is an extraordinary pianist. Every piece in the first cd, Grieg, Debussy, Liszt and Bartok is wonderful. Especially, his Debussy is great. He deserved to known much better. But, does it matter? Ofcourse not.

Desert island disc!
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