Day 58 – György Cziffra

I fell down the YouTube rabbit hole one day, years ago, and found something that blew my mind. I admit, that I am not all that familiar with Liszt (*gasp*), but after hearing the following clip, I did familiarize myself with a few pieces. Check this out (and if you don’t want to listen to all of it, start at 4m30s):

Georges Cziffra – Hungarian Rhapsody No 6

Just wow. It still makes my jaw drop and fingers hurt watching it. 😀

What I found interesting, is the similarity in tragedy between him and Roy Orbison and the loss of their children.

Cziffra’s son, György Cziffra Jr., was a professional conductor and participated in several concerts and recordings with his father. However, his promising career was cut short by his death in an apartment fire in 1981. Cziffra never again performed or recorded with an orchestra, and some critics have commented that the severe emotional blow affected his playing quality.

During a tour of Britain and playing Birmingham on Saturday, September 14, 1968, he received the news that his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, had burned down, and his two eldest sons had died.

On a happier notes, I’m very thankful for technology to be able to provide access to masterful playing such as this. You can see the passion Cziffra has, and it is an incredible thing to behold.