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Here is the first in what we hope will be many classical titles in our catalogue – Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

We think that this rendition of the well-known and very popular Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, recorded here by the Edison Concert Band in 1905, is a record worthy of addition to the collection of any lover of classical music.

One of a set of 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies composed by Liszt, this was written as a piano solo but proved so popular that he also wrote it as an orchestral score and a piano duet.

This is a spirited piece no matter how it is played.  The limited playing time of the 2-minute cylinder has imposed dramatic cuts giving a more than usually dramatic tempo.

Nevertheless, the Edison Company was proud enough to state: “This record will be a delight to those who are constantly seeking high class music.”