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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 - Orchestral Version

Composed in 1847 and dedicated to Count László Teleki (a Hungarian writer and statesman), Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 was first published as a piano solo in 1851. Its immediate success and popularity on the concert stage soon led to an orchestrated version. The composer arranged also a piano duet version in 1874.

Karajan was born in Saltzburg as Herbert Ritter von Karajan. His great-great-grandfather, Geórgios Joánnes Karajánnis (Γεώργιος Ιωάννης Καραγιάννης), had been born in Kozani, a Macedonian city, leaving for Vienna in 1767. He and his brother participated in the establishment of Saxony's cloth industry, and both were ennobled for their services by Frederick Augustus III on 1 June 1792, thus the prefix von to the family name.


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