Gyorgy Cziffra

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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Gyorgy Cziffra Discography

Albums

LALP 280 Gyorgy Cziffra Cuatro Rapsodias Húngaras De Liszt(LP, Album) La Voz De Su Amo LALP 280 Spain 1958 Sell This Version
Gyorgy Cziffra : Tchaikovsky*, André Vandernoot & Philharmonia Orchestra Gyorgy Cziffra : Tchaikovsky*, André Vandernoot & Philharmonia Orchestra - Concerto No. 1, In B Flat Minor, Op. 23 (Album) His Master's Voice UK 1959 Sell This Version
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 France 1959 Sell This Version
FALP 30218 Grieg* / Liszt* - Cziffra* With The Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By Vandernoot* Grieg* / Liszt* - Cziffra* With The Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By Vandernoot* - Litz Concerto N°2 En la Majeur / Grieg Concerto En la Mineur(LP, Album, Mono) La Voix De Son Maître FALP 30218 France 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(LP, Mono) His Master's Voice ALP 1691 UK 1959 Sell This Version
Cziffra* Cziffra Favourites (Album) EMI UK 1961 Sell This Version
ALP 1803, ALP.1803 Gyorgy Cziffra A Cziffra Recital(LP, Mono) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice ALP 1803, ALP.1803 UK 1961 Sell This Version
Liszt* - György Cziffra* Liszt* - György Cziffra* - Polonaise No. 2 - Sonetto 123 Del Petrarca - Fantasy And Fugue On The Name Of B.A.C.H. - "Un Sospiro" - Tarantella - "La Leggierezza" - Legend No. 2 Philips, Philips UK 1963 Sell This Version
Chopin* - György Cziffra* Chopin* - György Cziffra* - Études - Op. 10 Und 25 Ex Libris, Ex Libris Spain 1964 Sell This Version
Liszt*, Cziffra*, Orchestra Philarmonia Di Londra*, André Vandernoot Liszt*, Cziffra*, Orchestra Philarmonia Di Londra*, André Vandernoot - Totentanz, Concerto N. 1 In Mi Bemolle Maggiore, Fantasia Ungherese La Voce Del Padrone UK 1964 Sell This Version
Liszt*Cziffra György* Liszt*Cziffra György* - Magyar Rapszódiák II., VI. — XII., XV. (Album) Qualiton Hungary 1966 Sell This Version
835 149 AY Chopin* / Gyorgy Cziffra Chopin* / Gyorgy Cziffra - Polonesas(LP) Philips 835 149 AY Spain 1968 Sell This Version
Cziffra* , Direction: Cziffra, Jr.* & Orchestre De Paris, Liszt* Cziffra* , Direction: Cziffra, Jr.* & Orchestre De Paris, Liszt* - Liszt - Concertos Pour Piano Et Orchestre Nos. 1 Et 2 La Voix De Son Maître France 1969 Sell This Version
1 J-063-10.439 Cziffra* / Schumann* Cziffra* / Schumann* - Carnaval - Novellette Nº VIII(LP) La Voz De Su Amo 1 J-063-10.439 Spain 1969 Sell This Version
2C 053-12.021 P Cziffra* Pages Immortelles(LP) EMI 2C 053-12.021 P France 1969 Sell This Version
HLX 90035 Gyorgy Cziffra, György Lehel, Magyar Rádió Szimfónikus Zenekara, Állami Hangversenyzenekar, Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg Gyorgy Cziffra, György Lehel, Magyar Rádió Szimfónikus Zenekara, Állami Hangversenyzenekar, Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg - LISZT Esz-dúr zongoraverseny | GRIEG a-moll zongoraverseny, Op.16(LP) Hungaroton HLX 90035 Hungary 1970 Sell This Version
6500 219 Frederic Chopin*, Cziffra*, Orchestre National De L'O.R.T.F.*, Manuel Rosenthal Frederic Chopin*, Cziffra*, Orchestre National De L'O.R.T.F.*, Manuel Rosenthal - Concerto Pour Piano No 1 / Andante Spianato Et Grande Polonaise, Op.22(LP) Philips 6500 219 France 1971 Sell This Version
A 802.745 LY Chopin*Orchestre National De L'O.R.T.F*, Cziffra* Chopin*Orchestre National De L'O.R.T.F*, Cziffra* - Concerto pour piano n 1 - Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise, op. 22(LP) Philips, Collection Trésors Classiques A 802.745 LY France 1971 Sell This Version
2 C 065-10592 Tchaikovsky* - Gyorgy Cziffra, André Vandernoot, Philharmonia Orchestra Tchaikovsky* - Gyorgy Cziffra, André Vandernoot, Philharmonia Orchestra - Concerto No 1 pour piano(LP, Album) La Voix De Son Maître, Pathé Marconi EMI 2 C 065-10592 France 1973 Sell This Version
Liszt*, Gyorgy Cziffra Liszt*, Gyorgy Cziffra - Hungarian Rhapsodies (Album) Angel Records Italy 1974 Sell This Version
Franz Liszt - Georges Cziffra* Franz Liszt - Georges Cziffra* - Les Rapsodies Hongroises La Voix De Son Maître France 1975 Sell This Version
CS 2087 Liszt*, Cziffra* Liszt*, Cziffra* - Cziffra - Liszt Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2(LP, Album) Connoisseur Society CS 2087 US 1975 Sell This Version
1c 063-16 340 Liszt* - Georges Cziffra* Liszt* - Georges Cziffra* - 7 Hungarian Rhapsodies(LP) Die Stimme Seines Herrn 1c 063-16 340 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
2 C 061-12851 Liszt*, Cziffra* Liszt*, Cziffra* - Rhapsodies Hongroises N° 1 à 7(LP) La Voix De Son Maître 2 C 061-12851 France 1975 Sell This Version