IMRE SZÉCHÉNYI (1825-1898): Solo Piano: Le Château de Celles, Ungarischer Marsch, Wintermärchen Walzer, Unser letzter Walzer, Csárdás hongroise, Geburtstag Walzer, Palais-galop, Piano Four Hands: 3 Walzer, Equestrian Hungarian March, Four Hand Waltz, Einleitung und ungarischer Marsch (rev. Franz Liszt [1811-1886] as S573, arr. Henri Gobbi [1841-1920] for Four Hands). (All First Recordings except No. 1 of 3 Walzes).
Catalogue Number: 07X031
Description: Count Imre Széchényi of Sárvár-Felsővidék was a highly regarded Austro-Hungarian diplomat and politician who counted Johann Strauss as a lifelong friend, and whose dances were popular and much in demand in his day. Széchényi composed waltzes throughout his creative period, but only a few of these have been preserved. His work was of interest to his contemporaries, and among these premiere recordings is Liszt’s own arrangement of the Ungarischer Marsch. These lively and melodious forgotten gems are brought to life on a 1908 Bechstein piano previously owned by Wagner’s grandson, Wolfgang. István Kassai, György Lázár (piano).