random, pointless comments:
Hah, well, you can't listen to the GGC TOO much at once. I like it and all, but I haven't ever heard it more than twice in a row, and unless I'm doing something beyond just listening to it (for instance, trying to see what the hell Cziffra does in his video to make it seem so easy) I virtually *never* hear the piece. That is, until I want that kind of deviation from the more musical pieces.
I hate the HR2 completely. The whole thing bores me. In my opinion, it's the worst HR in the set, and not just because it's overplayed. Mephisto Waltz is wicked, though, well, all of the MWs are.
Also, I can't really stand Mazeppa any more, unless it's played in a certain way. Actually, what turned me off was that new video by the Jemboy or whatever at PianoSociety. Now the piece sounds so stupid to me, heh. I do like Cziffra's and especially Arrau's famous recording of it, though. My favourite TE's have to be: 1, 2, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12.
I've just recently "discovered" the Spanish Rhapsody, and agree that it's pretty wicked too. I just wish it wasn't played so often...
Erik: I'm rather interested in all the pieces you mentioned in the last paragraph there. Recently, I've been enthralled by general Gypsy music, and have thus developed curiosity for Liszt's piano Czardas pieces.
Actually, that kind of brings me to a rather unrelated, and somewhat unflattering comment: I read a while ago that the word "Cifra" in Hungarian (spelling might be off) refers to a style in Gypsy music that, when translated, means "flashy."
Of course, I know most people here, including me, think much more of Cziffra than that, but I still thought it was somewhat amusing..
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
You know, some people just have natural talents-like some people play the piano but aren't very tall.