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Saturday, March 25, 2017 Permalink

The Rhapsody Connection

Franz Liszt, composer of the Hungarian Rhapsodies


To the poets of the early 19th century, a rhapsody was defined as “an extravagant unrestrained expression of sentiment or feeling.”

However, it soon came to mean a one-movement, free-flowing musical work, with contrasting moods that gave the feeling of improvisation. As a result, like snowflakes, you won’t find two exactly alike.

But many of these works do share one thing in common, and in this hour we’ll explore how the rhapsody has been used to celebrate a particular nation or culture.  And we’ll do so with the help of Liszt, Holst, Ravel, Gershwin—and more.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Enescu: Orchestral Works Vol. 2 [for Romanian Rhapsody No. 1] Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Horia Andreescu Olympia OCD 442 5015524404420
Piano Music of Vaclav Jan Tomasek [for Rapsodia in F minor, Op. 41 No. 1] Phyllis Moss Centaur CRC 2411 044747241128
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer Philips 456 570-2 028945657028
Adrian Boult Conducts Holst [for A Somerset Rhapsody] London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult Lyrita SRCD.222 5020926022226
Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works [for Rapsodie Espagnol] Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Lionel Bringuier Deutsche Grammopho 4795524 028947955245
Hovhaness - Symphony 1 & Armenian Rhapsodies Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose BMOP 1020  676695022421
Rhapsody in Blue  Benjamin Grosvenor; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd Decca 478 3527 028947835271

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