Last modified March 25, 2008




We’d like to know which of three performances of Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 you like best. The performances are by Maksim Mrvica (age 33, from the Republic of Croatia); Lang Lang (age 26, from the People’s Republic of China); and our own Chris Rice (age 19, from the United States of America).


Please click here to go to our “viewing page,” where you’ll have a chance to watch each of the three performances. On that page, you’ll find a link to our poll page!


We’d very much appreciate your letting us know, via the “comments” section (on this page, see below), or e-mail, if you prefer, about other video performances which you enjoy, by other artists, of Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. We’ve selected three younger pianists for this particular poll, but our long-term goal is to discover which video recordings the public most enjoys of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. We will set up other polls later, so you can vote on performances by other artists, too. We’ll also be doing polls with regard to other wonderful classical pieces.


If you’d like to share your reasons for voting in the way you did, and you want your remarks to be seen by the public, please use the comments section on this page. (The polling page software will send any comments you make on that page to us, but they won’t be available to the public!)


While audio recordings of the great classical pieces have been available for a long time, widely-available video recordings are a relatively new historical development. Our hope is to assist in informing the public with regard to “what’s out there,” and to help establish which video recordings people love the most!


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  1. Comment by Diane DeNee:

    I listened to Maksim’s performance first. It was crisp, sensitive and well executed. Yet, though his technique was flawless, there was something missing, a certain authenticity perhpas. Lang lang’s performance was like taking a beautiful poem and converting all the words to a mass of letters, without ryhme or meter, like taking a novel and disolving all its theme and sentences into a mash of leters without meaning. The audiance applauded loudly but his playing seemed filled with anger and tension. His “interpretation” disolved melody and harmony into a veritable mass of indistinguishable notes. It was as if he was having a tantrum, pounding the keyboard with his fists. How easily an audianewce is fooled by so much drama, signifying nothing. Chris’s recording lacked the advantages of a finer recording devise that would’ve assisted the sound. However I found his playing to be warm and sensitive, beautifully interpreted and beyond the paradigm of “performance” which is embued with various levels of ego involvement. Listening to Chris play Liszt’s Haungarian Rhapsody no 2 conveyed a sense of joy and delight in the beauty and dynamic flow of the piece.

    Posted on August 17, 2008 @ 12:11 am

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