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Hungarian Touch (The)

Zoltan Kocsis, Annie Fischer, Ágnes Kövecs, György Cziffra, László Holics, Anna Falvai, Ernö Fehér, Tihamér Hlavacsek, Pál Kadosa, Dezsö Ránki, András
Schiff, Ernö Dohnányi
Hungarian State Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic Society Orchestra
Antal Dorati, Iván Fischer, Paul Klecki

"One can immediately recognise pianists from the Hungarian school", says Zoltán Kocsis, "as, before they've even placed their hands on the keyboard, they are given away by the way they hold themselves in front of the piano". A true representative of the Hungarian school and a great contemporary pianist, Zoltán Kocsis lets us into the secrets of his art, his teaching, and the tradition which he embodies for a whole generation of new pianists. His teaching serves to evoke the major figures of the great Hungarian piano tradition, from Franz Liszt – the first virtuoso pianist of modern times – via Béla Bartók and Ernst von Dohnányi, to György Kurtag. Rare archival footage shows Annie Fischer and György Cziffra, two pianistic geniuses of the Hungarian piano school, in performance and Zoltán Kocsis aged 17, with his friends Andras Schiff and Dezsö Ranki being coached by an outstanding professor… Pál Kadosa.

Repertoire

Kurtag: Plays and Games for Piano; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37; Liszt: Erlkönig, S 588; Grand Galop chromatique, S 219; Waldesrauschen, Konzertetüde Nr. 1, S 145; Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S 171; Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major

Facts

Prog. No.
7333
Music genre
Documentary
Length
52 mins
Director
Janos Darvas
Producers
Idéale Audience / IMG Artists
Production year
2002