Georges Cziffra

Real Name:
Cziffra György
Profile:
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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Albums

Gyorgy Cziffra - Les Rapsodies Hongroises album art Franz Liszt - Georges Cziffra* Franz Liszt - Georges Cziffra* - Les Rapsodies Hongroises (Album) La Voix De Son Maître France 1975 Sell This Version
Gyorgy Cziffra - 7 Hungarian Rhapsodies album art Liszt* - Georges Cziffra* Liszt* - Georges Cziffra* - 7 Hungarian Rhapsodies Die Stimme Seines Herrn Switzerland 1975 Sell This Version
2C 069-73010, C 069-73010 Gyorgy Cziffra - Quatre Rhapsodies Hongroises album art Franz Liszt - Georges Cziffra* Franz Liszt - Georges Cziffra* - Quatre Rhapsodies Hongroises(LP, Album, RE, ) La Voix De Son Maître, La Voix De Son Maître 2C 069-73010, C 069-73010 France 1980 Sell This Version
2C 069-16.318 Gyorgy Cziffra - Ciffra - Liszt album art Cziffra* - Liszt* Cziffra* - Liszt* - Ciffra - Liszt(LP) La Voix De Son Maître 2C 069-16.318 France 1980 Sell This Version
7691112 Gyorgy Cziffra - Études D'Exécution Transcendante album art Liszt*, Georges Cziffra* Liszt*, Georges Cziffra* - Études D'Exécution Transcendante(CD, Album, Mono) Angel Records 7691112 France 1987 Sell This Version
1597439 Gyorgy Cziffra - Rhapsodies Hongroises album art Liszt* - Cziffra* Liszt* - Cziffra* - Rhapsodies Hongroises(Cass, RE) La Voix De Son Maître 1597439 France 1987 Sell This Version
CDAPR 7021 Gyorgy Cziffra - The Hungaroton Recordings 1954-6 album art Georges Cziffra* The Hungaroton Recordings 1954-6(2xCD, Album, Mono) apr CDAPR 7021 UK 1992 Sell This Version
1-RCP 9507 Georges Cziffra* Live In America(CD, Album) Recital Company Productions 1-RCP 9507 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
ERM 196-2 ADD Gyorgy Cziffra - Plays Chopin, Liszt album art Georges Cziffra*, Chopin*, Liszt* Georges Cziffra*, Chopin*, Liszt* - Plays Chopin, Liszt(CD, Album) Ermitage ERM 196-2 ADD Italy 1997 Sell This Version
5 56228 2 Gyorgy Cziffra - Rhapsodies Hongroises album art Franz Liszt - Georges Cziffra* Franz Liszt - Georges Cziffra* - Rhapsodies Hongroises(CD) EMI Classics 5 56228 2 UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
AUR 190-2 Gyorgy Cziffra - Plays Chopin, Liszt album art Georges Cziffra*, Chopin*, Liszt* Georges Cziffra*, Chopin*, Liszt* - Plays Chopin, Liszt(CD, Album) Aura Music AUR 190-2 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
Gyorgy Cziffra - Waltzes, Impromptus album art Chopin*, Georges Cziffra* Chopin*, Georges Cziffra* - Waltzes, Impromptus (Album, Comp) EMI Classics Europe 2002 Sell This Version
Gyorgy Cziffra - Rhapsodies Hongroises album art Liszt* - Cziffra* Liszt* - Cziffra* - Rhapsodies Hongroises EMI Classics Europe 1987 Sell This Version
5853402 Gyorgy Cziffra - Les Rendez-vous De Senlis / Enregistrements 1980-1986 album art Georges Cziffra* Les Rendez-vous De Senlis / Enregistrements 1980-1986(4xCD, Album + Box) EMI Classics 5853402 France 2003 Sell This Version
SNR 123 Gyorgy Cziffra - Georges Cziffra album art Georges Cziffra* Georges Cziffra(CD, Album) Suonare Records SNR 123 Italy 2006 Sell This Version
Gyorgy Cziffra - Hungarian Rhapsodies album art Liszt* - Georges Cziffra* Liszt* - Georges Cziffra* - Hungarian Rhapsodies EMI Classics, EMI UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
7473702 Gyorgy Cziffra - Rhapsodies Hongroises album art Liszt* - Cziffra* Liszt* - Cziffra* - Rhapsodies Hongroises(CD, Album, RE) EMI 7473702 France Unknown Sell This Version
2C 065-10313/14 Gyorgy Cziffra - Concertos Nos 1&2 / Totentanz / Fantaisie Hongroise album art Liszt* - Georges Cziffra*, György Cziffra, Jr., Orchestre De Paris Liszt* - Georges Cziffra*, György Cziffra, Jr., Orchestre De Paris - Concertos Nos 1&2 / Totentanz / Fantaisie Hongroise(2xLP + Box) La Voix De Son Maître 2C 065-10313/14 France Unknown Sell This Version
FALP 519 Gyorgy Cziffra - Les 15 Rapsodies Hongroises - Album 3 - Rapsodies 12, 13, 14 Et 15 & Rapsodie Espagnole album art Cziffra*, Liszt* Cziffra*, Liszt* - Les 15 Rapsodies Hongroises - Album 3 - Rapsodies 12, 13, 14 Et 15 & Rapsodie Espagnole(LP, Mono) La Voix De Son Maître FALP 519 France Unknown Sell This Version
2C 069-73010 Gyorgy Cziffra - Quatre Rhapsodies Hongroises album art Franz Liszt - Georges Cziffra* Franz Liszt - Georges Cziffra* - Quatre Rhapsodies Hongroises(Cass, Album) La Voix De Son Maître 2C 069-73010 France Unknown Sell This Version
AS-320-A.B Gyorgy Cziffra - Franz Liszt Les Annees De Pelerinage Годы Странствий album art Georges Cziffra* Franz Liszt Les Annees De Pelerinage Годы Странствий(2xCD, Album) Not On Label AS-320-A.B Russia Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Gyorgy Cziffra - Piano Works album art Chopin*, Cziffra* Chopin*, Cziffra* - Piano Works (Comp) EMI UK, Europe & US 1987 Sell This Version
7243 4 78972 2 1 Gyorgy Cziffra - Liszt album art Georges Cziffra* Liszt(CD, Comp) EMI Classics 7243 4 78972 2 1 France 1993 Sell This Version
Gyorgy Cziffra - Concertos Nos 1&2 / Totentanz / Fantaisie Hongroise album art Georges Cziffra*, György Cziffra, Jr. Georges Cziffra*, György Cziffra, Jr. - Concertos Nos 1&2 / Totentanz / Fantaisie Hongroise (Comp) EMI Europe 2001 Sell This Version
Gyorgy Cziffra - Grieg: Piano Concerto - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2  album art Grieg* / Rachmaninow*, Georges Cziffra*, Budapest Symphony Orchestra / New Philharmonia Orchestra, György Cziffra, Jr. Grieg* / Rachmaninow*, Georges Cziffra*, Budapest Symphony Orchestra / New Philharmonia Orchestra, György Cziffra, Jr. - Grieg: Piano Concerto - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Album, Comp) EMI Classics Europe 2001 Sell This Version