Gyorgy Cziffra

Real Name:
Cziffra György
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Hungarian virtuoso pianist. b. November 5, 1921 – January 17, 1994. He was born in Budapest. By the age of five, he was improvising popular show tunes in bars and circuses. He studied at the Franz Liszt Academy, and eventually staged sensational concerts around the world. He always performed with a large leather wristband, as a memento of his years in labour. Cziffra also made a famous transcription of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight Of The Bumblebee, written in interlocking octaves.

In the studio, Cziffra is most known for his dazzling recordings of Franz Liszt's virtuoso works. He also recorded many of Frédéric Chopin's compositions and those of Robert Schumann.

Cziffra died in Senlis, France, 72 years old, from a heart attack resulting from series of complications from lung cancer due to smoking and alcohol. His wife, Soleilka, is of Egyptian origin. His father is György Cziffra Sr., a cimbalom player who played in cabaret halls and restaurants in Paris in the 1910s. His son, György Cziffra, Jr. (died 1981 by setting fire to his own Paris apartment) was a brilliant pianist but chose to be a conductor instead. Cziffra was so affected by his son's death that from that day on he never performed or recorded with an orchestra again.
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ANG. 35610 Gyorgy Cziffra - Paraphrases, Transcriptions And Improvisations album art Gyorgy Cziffra Paraphrases, Transcriptions And Improvisations(LP) Angel Records ANG. 35610 UK 1957 Sell This Version
ALP 1604, ALP.1604 Gyorgy Cziffra - Transcriptions, Paraphrases Et Improvisations album art Gyorgy Cziffra Transcriptions, Paraphrases Et Improvisations (Album) La Voix De Son Maître ALP 1604, ALP.1604 UK 1958 Sell This Version
FALP 30062 Gyorgy Cziffra - Concerto No 1 Pour Piano Et Orchestre - Islamey album art Gyorgy Cziffra, Tchaikovsky*, Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Française* Direction Pierre Dervaux (2), Balakirev* Gyorgy Cziffra, Tchaikovsky*, Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Française* Direction Pierre Dervaux (2), Balakirev* - Concerto No 1 Pour Piano Et Orchestre - Islamey La Voix De Son Maître FALP 30062 France 1958 Sell This Version
ANG.35612, 35612 Gyorgy Cziffra - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor / Islamey (Oriental Fantasy) album art Gyorgy Cziffra, Tchaikovsky*, Balakirev*, Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Française* Direction Pierre Dervaux (2) Gyorgy Cziffra, Tchaikovsky*, Balakirev*, Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Française* Direction Pierre Dervaux (2) - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor / Islamey (Oriental Fantasy)(LP, Album, Mono) Angel Records ANG.35612, 35612 US 1958 Sell This Version
ASD 315 Gyorgy Cziffra - Concerto No. 1, In B Flat Minor, Op. 23 album art Tchaikovsky* - Gyorgy Cziffra, André Vandernoot, Philharmonia Orchestra Tchaikovsky* - Gyorgy Cziffra, André Vandernoot, Philharmonia Orchestra - Concerto No. 1, In B Flat Minor, Op. 23 (Album) His Master's Voice ASD 315 UK 1959 Sell This Version
ASD. 301 Gyorgy Cziffra - Grieg: Piano Concerto / Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 album art Grieg* / Liszt* - Cziffra* With The Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By Vandernoot* Grieg* / Liszt* - Cziffra* With The Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By Vandernoot* - Grieg: Piano Concerto / Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Album) His Master's Voice ASD. 301 UK 1959 Sell This Version
HLP 153 Gyorgy Cziffra - A-moll Zongoraverseny album art Grieg*, Cziffra György*, AZ Állami Hangversenyzenekart*, Rozsnyai Zoltán* Grieg*, Cziffra György*, AZ Állami Hangversenyzenekart*, Rozsnyai Zoltán* - A-moll Zongoraverseny(10", Mono) Qualiton HLP 153 Hungary 1959 Sell This Version
QALP. 10260/61 Gyorgy Cziffra - Etudes D'Execution Transcendante album art Liszt*, Gyorgy Cziffra Liszt*, Gyorgy Cziffra - Etudes D'Execution Transcendante(2xLP, Mono + Box) La Voce Del Padrone QALP. 10260/61 Italy 1959 Sell This Version
AA 8418 Grieg* / Rachmaninoff* - György Cziffra* With The Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By André Vandernoot, John Ogdon With The Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By John Pritchard Grieg* / Rachmaninoff* - György Cziffra* With The Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By André Vandernoot, John Ogdon With The Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By John Pritchard - Piano Concertos(LP) Angel Records AA 8418 Japan 1959 Sell This Version
ALP 1691 Gyorgy Cziffra - Cziffra Plays Miniatures album art Gyorgy Cziffra Cziffra Plays Miniatures(LP, Mono) His Master's Voice ALP 1691 UK 1959 Sell This Version
FALP 30.200 Gyorgy Cziffra - A Cziffra Recital album art Gyorgy Cziffra A Cziffra Recital (Album, Comp) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice FALP 30.200 France 1959 Sell This Version
ALP 1840 Gyorgy Cziffra - Carnaval - Carnaval De Vienne album art Cziffra* Carnaval - Carnaval De Vienne (Album) La Voix De Son Maître ALP 1840 UK 1961 Sell This Version
MALP 1896 Gyorgy Cziffra - Cziffra Favourites album art Cziffra* Cziffra Favourites (Album) EMI MALP 1896 New Zealand 1961 Sell This Version
MALP 1915/6 Gyorgy Cziffra - Transcendental Studies Nos. 1-9 10-12, Hungarian Rhapsodies Nos. 9, 10 & 13 album art Liszt*, Georges Cziffra* Liszt*, Georges Cziffra* - Transcendental Studies Nos. 1-9 10-12, Hungarian Rhapsodies Nos. 9, 10 & 13(2xLP, Album, Mono, Gat) His Master's Voice MALP 1915/6 New Zealand 1961 Sell This Version
ALP 1916 Gyorgy Cziffra - Transcendental Studies Nos. 10-12, Hungarian Rhapsodies Nos. 9, 10 & 13 album art Liszt*, Georges Cziffra* Liszt*, Georges Cziffra* - Transcendental Studies Nos. 10-12, Hungarian Rhapsodies Nos. 9, 10 & 13(LP, Album, Mono) His Master's Voice ALP 1916 UK 1961 Sell This Version
ASDF 121 Gyorgy Cziffra - Grieg, Concerto En La Mineur OP. 16, Liszt, Concerto Nº2 En La Majeur album art Grieg*, Liszt*, Georges Cziffra* Grieg*, Liszt*, Georges Cziffra* - Grieg, Concerto En La Mineur OP. 16, Liszt, Concerto Nº2 En La Majeur(LP, Album) La Voix De Son Maître ASDF 121 France 1961 Sell This Version
L 02.266 L Gyorgy Cziffra - Les 14 Valses album art Chopin*Cziffra* Chopin*Cziffra* - Les 14 Valses (Album) Philips L 02.266 L France 1962 Sell This Version
L 02.316 L Gyorgy Cziffra - Liszt Polonaise Nr. 2 - Sonetto 123 Del Petrarca - Fantasie Und Fugue Über Den Namen B.A.C.H. - "Un Sospiro" - Tarantella - "La Leggierezza" - Legende Nr. 2 album art Cziffra*, Liszt* Cziffra*, Liszt* - Liszt Polonaise Nr. 2 - Sonetto 123 Del Petrarca - Fantasie Und Fugue Über Den Namen B.A.C.H. - "Un Sospiro" - Tarantella - "La Leggierezza" - Legende Nr. 2 (Album) Philips, Philips L 02.316 L France 1963 Sell This Version
A 02268 L Gyorgy Cziffra - Les Six Grandes Polonaises album art Cziffra*, Chopin* Cziffra*, Chopin* - Les Six Grandes Polonaises (Album) Philips A 02268 L Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
A 02267 L Gyorgy Cziffra - Chopin Etudes album art Gyorgy Cziffra Chopin Etudes(LP, Mono) Philips A 02267 L 1963 Sell This Version
835 177 DXY Gyorgy Cziffra - Klavierkonzert Nr.1 album art Frédéric Chopin, György Cziffra*, Orchestre National De L'ORTF, Manuel Rosenthal Frédéric Chopin, György Cziffra*, Orchestre National De L'ORTF, Manuel Rosenthal - Klavierkonzert Nr.1(LP, Album) Philips 835 177 DXY Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
A 02267 L Gyorgy Cziffra - Études - Op. 10 Und 25 album art F. Chopin* : György Cziffra* F. Chopin* : György Cziffra* - Études - Op. 10 Und 25 Ex Libris, Grammoclub Ex Libris A 02267 L Spain 1964 Sell This Version
FALP 810 Gyorgy Cziffra - Totentanz, Concerto N. 1 In Mi Bemolle Maggiore, Fantasia Ungherese album art Liszt*, Cziffra*, Philharmonia Orchestra, André Vandernoot Liszt*, Cziffra*, Philharmonia Orchestra, André Vandernoot - Totentanz, Concerto N. 1 In Mi Bemolle Maggiore, Fantasia Ungherese (Album) La Voce Del Padrone FALP 810 France 1964 Sell This Version
MCP 203 Gyorgy Cziffra - Sonate Et Dante Sonate album art Cziffra*, Liszt* Cziffra*, Liszt* - Sonate Et Dante Sonate (Album) Cziffra Productions MCP 203 France 1965 Sell This Version
SCP 2001 - SCP 2002 Gyorgy Cziffra -  Sonates "Pathetique","Marche Funebre","L' Aurore","Appasssionata" album art Beethoven*, Cziffra* Beethoven*, Cziffra* - Sonates "Pathetique","Marche Funebre","L' Aurore","Appasssionata"(2xLP) Cziffra Productions SCP 2001 - SCP 2002 France 1965 Sell This Version