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Mariann Marczi is a Hungarian concert-pianist, soloist and chamber musician. She is professor of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. Her DLA / DMA dissertation deals with "György Ligeti's Etudes for Piano" (2008).

Performing at 35-40 concerts a year, she has played in the most prestigious concert halls in Hungary and in most European countries and in the United States.

Mariann Marczi has made recordings for the Odradek Records label.

Her first album "SPLINTERS" featuring 20th Century Hungarian Works for Piano in 2013, which was nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Award.
Her second album, “PAST VISIONS” paying homage to Schubert and Schumann was released in 2019.

UPCOMING CONCERTs

 2020


Chamber music concert, Molnár C. Pál Atelier-Museum, Budapest, 18h00, 20 July 2020

Éva Csermák - violin

Mariann Marczi - piano

Ravel: Sonate in G major for violin and piano 

Debussy-Heifetz: Beau soir

Debussy: La plus que lent - Valse

Ravel: Pièce en forme de Habanera

Saint-Saëns: Havanaise

Ravel: Menuet - Le Tombeau de Couperin

Fauré: Sicilienne 


Chamber music concert, Csigó Art Fest, Hegymagas, Hungary, 19h00, 22 July2020

Éva Csermák - violin

Mariann Marczi - piano

Ravel: Sonate for violin and piano in G major

Debussy-Heifetz: Beau soir

Debussy: La plus que lent - Valse

Ravel: Pièce en forme de Habanera

Saint-Saëns: Havanaise

Ravel: Menuet - Le Tombeau de Couperin

Fauré: Sicilienne 


''Sonja's dream'', kids and family concert, Klassz a pARTon Festival,

Balatonalmádi, St Elizabeth Plage, 18h00, 4 August 2020

Éva Bodrogi – soprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Haydn: English canzonetts - Sailor song, Pastoral song Hob. XXVIa:31

Dittersdorf: English dances

E.T.A. Hoffmann: Menuet

Beethoven: Sonata "Moonlight" in c sharp minor op. 27 nr. 2 - 1st movement Tschaikowsky: Morning prayer - Album for the Youth op. 39

Grieg: Lyric pieces - Secret, The Nightguard'song, Fairy Dance

Prokofiew: The Moon Strolls in the Meadows - Children pieces op. 65

Liszt: Grey clouds

Bartók: Jack-in-the-box

Ferenc Farkas: Fruitbasket - selection

Poulenc: La courte paille - Le sommeil, Quelle aventure!, Les anges musiciens  


''Sonja's dream'', kids and family concert,

Gerenday Közösségi Ház, Lábatlan 6 August 2020

Éva Bodrogi – soprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Haydn: English canzonetts - Sailor song, Pastoral song Hob. XXVIa:31

Dittersdorf: English dances

E.T.A. Hoffmann: Menuet

Beethoven: Sonata "Moonlight" in c sharp minor op. 27 nr. 2 - 1st movement

Tschaikowsky: Morning prayer - Album for the Youth op. 39

Grieg: Lyric pieces - Secret, The Nightguard'song, Fairy Dance

Prokofiew: The Moon Strolls in the Meadows - Children pieces op. 65

Liszt: Grey clouds

Bartók: Jack-in-the-box

Ferenc Farkas: Fruitbasket - selection

Poulenc: La courte paille - Le sommeil, Quelle aventure!, Les anges musiciens


Recital, Zempléni Festival, Sárospatak,

Auditoruim of the Reformed Theology Academy, 20h00, 15 August 2020

Mariann Marczi - piano

Mozart: Fantasy in d minor K 397

Mozart: Rondo in D major K 485

Beethoven: Sonata "Moonlight" in c sharp minor op. 27. no. 2.

Grieg: Lyric pieces - selection


Aria-concert, Szentbékkálla Music Days, Szentbékkálla Chatolic Church, 29 August 2020

Éva Bodrogi – soprano

Mariann Marczi - organ

Purcell: Chaconne in G major

Purcell: Evening Hymn

Schütz: O Jesu nomen dulce

Pachelbel: Fuge in d minor

Bach: Cantate no. 51.

Frescobaldi: Canzone

Muffat: Toccata in a minor

Dandrieu: Magnificat in G major

Haendel: Rejoice greatly - Aria from the "Messiah"

M. Haydn: Preludium, tre versetti e cadenza

Mozart: Exultate, jubilate

Battishill: Voluntary in B flat major


Song-concert, Kapolcs ''Art's Valley'' Festival, Kapolcs, Hungary, 11 September 2020

Éva Bodrogi – soprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Haydn: English canzonetten Hob. XXVIa

Joseph Haydn: Arianna a Naxos Hob.XVIb:2 

Claude Debussy: Trois Chansons de Bilitis

Joseph Kosma: Les Chansons de Bilitis


''Sonja's dream'', kids and family concert, Halász Castle, Kápolnásnyék, 12 September 2020

Éva Bodrogi – soprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Haydn: English canzonetts - Sailor song, Pastoral song Hob. XXVIa:31

Dittersdorf: English dances

E.T.A. Hoffmann: Menuet

Beethoven: Sonata "Moonlight" in c sharp minor op. 27 nr. 2 - 1st movement Tschaikowsky: Morning prayer - Album for the Youth op. 39

Grieg: Lyric pieces - Secret, The Nightguard'song, Fairy Dance

Prokofiew: The Moon Strolls in the Meadows - Children pieces op. 65

Liszt: Grey clouds

Bartók: Jack-in-the-box

Ferenc Farkas: Fruitbasket - selection

Poulenc: La courte paille - Le sommeil, Quelle aventure!, Les anges musiciens  


Recital at the Ars Sacra Festival, St. Elisabeth House, Sárospatak, 18 September 2020

Mariann Marczi - piano

Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ

Liszt: Invocation

Liszt: Sancta Dorothea

Liszt: Hymne de l'Enfant a son reveil

Liszt: St. Francois de Paule marchant sur les flots S 175/2

Liszt: Sursum corda


Bach in the Subway Festival,

Auditorium of the Reformed Theology Academy, Sárospatak, 18-21 September 2020

Mariann Marczi - piano

Zoltán Sándor - conductor

Miskolc University, Music Faculty Symphonic Orchestra

Bach: Piano concerto in f minor BWV 1056


Bach in the Subway Festival, House of Arts, Miskolc, 18-21 September 2020

Mariann Marczi - piano

Zoltán Sándor - conductor

Miskolc University, Music Faculty Symphonic Orchestra

Bach: Piano concerto in f minor BWV 1056


Song-concert, Hubay Music Hall, Hotel Victoria, Budapest, 27 September 2020

Éva Bodrogi – soprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Haydn: English canzonetten Hob. XXVIa

Armand Tóth: Portugeese Sonnets on Elisabeth Barret Browning's poems

Schubert: "Lady of the Lake" songs - Ellens Gesang I-II-III on Walter Scott's poems op. 52, D 837, 838, 839


Song-concert, Hubay Music Hall, Hotel Victoria, Budapest, 4 October 2020

Klára Csordás – mezzosoprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Armand Tóth: Psalm, Mediterranean songs on Brentano's and Verleine's poems

Grieg: Songs - selection

Grieg: Lyric pieces - selection


Song-concert, Hubay Music Hall, Hotel Victoria, Budapest, 11 October 2020

Timea Béres – soprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Ákos Ambrus - bariton

Beethoven: Vier Arietten und ein Duett op. 82

Beethoven: Rondo in C major WoO 48

Járdányi: Love songs

Jardányi: Sonatine

Armand Tóth: Muteness, Wedding

Tosti: Songs - selection


Gödöllő Music Week Festival, Gödöllő Castle 23 October 2020

Vilmos Szabadi – violin

Mariann Marczi - piano

Ravel: Sonate for violin and piano Op. posthume

Ravel: Pièce en forme de Habanera

Hubay: Scéne de la Csárda No. 5

Hubay: Two Mazurkas op 45.

Debussy: La plus que lent

Debussy-Heifetz: Beau soir

Debussy: Sonata for violine and piano

Ravel: Sonata in G major for violin and piano


"Házimuzsika" chamber music concert, Óbudai Társaskör, Budapest, 19h00, 3 December 2020

Péter Bársony – viola

Mariann Marczi - piano

Vieuxtemps: Sonata for viola and piano Op. 36

Jenő Hubay: Maggiolata

Jenő Hubay: Romanze

Reinecke: Drei Phantasiestücke Op. 43

Rebecca Clark: Sonata for viola and piano


2021


Matinée, Four-hand concert, Liszt Museum, Budapest, 11h00, 13 February 2021

Natalia Korshunova – piano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Beethoven: Drei Märsche Op. 45

Debussy: Six épigraphes antiques

Schubert: Deux Marches Caractéristiques D 886

Schumann: Bilder aus Osten Op. 66


Concert, Marble Hall of the Hungarian Radio, Budapest, 19h00, 23 February 2021

Klára Csordás – mezzosoprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été

Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis

Duparc: Aux étoiles  - version for solo piano

Duparc: L'invitation au voyage; Au pays ou se fait la guerre; Le manoir de Rosemonde; Chanson triste

Ravel: Cinq mélodies populaires greques


Bach in the Subway Festival, Baroque and Jazz piano duel,Glass Hall, Palace of Arts, MÜPA, Budapest, 20h00, 22 March 2021

Mariann Marczi - piano

Norbert Kael - jazz piano

Bach: Goldberg-variations BWV 988


Breuer Marcell Hall, FUGA Architecture Center, Budapest, 19h00, 11 April 2021

Péter Bársony – viola

Mariann Marczi - piano

Hindemith: Sonata for viola and piano Op. 11. No. 4

Reinecke: Drei Fantasiestücke op. 43

Hindemith: Sonata for viola and piano Op. 25. No. 4


Song-concert, Óbudai Társaskör, Budapest, 19h00, 4  June 2021

Éva Bodrogi – soprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Schönberg: Brettl-Lieder - Galathea, Einfaeltiges Lied, Gigerlette

Joseph Kosma: Les Chansons de Bilitis

William Bolcom: Cabaret Songs - Amor, Waitin', Toothbrush time, George, Black Max

Eric Satie: Chansons de Cabarett - Chez le docteur, L'Omnibus automobile, Allons-y-Chochotte


Chamber music concert, Academy of Music, Solti Hall Budapest, 19h30, 10 November, 2021

Szabolcs Zempléni - horn

Kai Frömbgen - oboe

Mariann Marczi - piano

Beethoven: Sonata in F major for horn and piano Op 17

Herzogenberg: Trio for horn, oboe and piano Op 61

Reinecke: Trio for horn, oboe and piano Op 188

Schumann: Three romanzes for oboe and piano Op. 94

Schumann: Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano Op. 70





PAST CONCERTS, 2018-2020

2020

 

Concert Hall of the Liszt Museum, Budapest, 19h00, 8 March 2020

Éva Bodrogi – soprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Charles Koechlin: Cinq Chansons de Bilitis Op. 39. 

Balogh Máté: 4x1 chansons (2020)

Henri Duparc: Phidylé

Joseph Kosma: Les Chansons de Bilitis

Joseph Haydn: Arianna a Naxos Hob.XVIb:2 

Claude Debussy: Trois Chansons de Bilitis

Tornyai Péter: New composition (2020)

Eric Satie: Chansons de cabaret - Chez la docteur, L'Omnibus automobile, Chochotte

 

Solo Recital, Concert Hall of W17, Budapest, Hungary, 19h00, 28 February, 2020

Mariann Marczi - piano

Mozart: Fantasy in d minor K 397

Mozart: Rondo in D major K 485

Mozart: Sonata in B flat major K 570

Liszt: Waldeszrauschen - concert etude

Liszt: Sonetto Petrarca No. 104

Liszt: Les cloches de Genêve

Schubert-Marczi: Two song-transcriptions for piano from the 'Winterreise' D 911, the song Nr 22 'Mut!', and the song Nr 23 'Die Nebensonnen'

Schubert: Thirteen variations on a theme by Anselm Hüttenbrenner D 576

 

Chamber Music Series, Auditorium of the Reformed Theology Academy, Sárospatak, Hungary, 18h00, 20 February 2020

Lúcia Megyesi Schwartz - mezzosoprano

Mónika Karacs – flute

Zsolt Dombóvári – violoncello

Mariann Marczi -piano

Ravel: Piéce en forme de Habanera

Debussy: Deux Romances

Debussy: Beau Soir

Massenet: Elégie

Fauré: Après un rêve Op. 7

Fauré: Sicilienne Op. 78

Ravel: Chansons Madécasses

Ravel: Cinq mélodies greques populaires

Fauré: Fantaisie Op. 79

 

Woods's Salon, Budapest, 18.00, 14 February 2020

Mariann Marczi - piano

Schubert: Two song-transcriptions from the 'Winterreise' D 911

The song nr 22 'Mut!' and song nr 23 'Die Nebensonnen' 

Schubert: Thirteen Variations on a Theme by Anselm Hüttenbrenner D576

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3

Liszt: Waldeszrauschen - concert etude

Liszt: Sonetto Petrarca No. 104

Liszt: Les cloches de Genêve

 

Bartók Memorial House, Budapest, 19h00, 8 February 2020

Vilmos Szabadi – violin

Mariann Marczi - piano

Ravel: Sonate for violin and piano Op. posthume

Debussy: Sonata for violin and piano

István Székely: Virtus - first performance

Jenő Hubay: Chanson triste, Deux Mazurkas Op 45, Scenes de la Csárda No. 5

Ravel: Sonata in G major for violin and piano

 

Hubay Music Hall, Budapest, 19h00, 19 January 2020

Eva Bodrogi - soprano

Mariann Marczi -piano

Songs by Debussy, Duparc, Fauré, Satie, Koechlin

Fauré: Lydia

Duparc: Phydilé

Haydn: Arianna a Naxos Hob. XVIb:2

Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis

Kosma: Les chansons de Bilitis

Satie: Chansons de Cabarett - Chez la docteur, L'omnibus automobile, Chochotte

 

Klebelsberg Kultúrkúria, Grazioso Music Salon, Budapest, 19h00, 17 January 2020

Eva Bodrogi - soprano

Mariann Marczi -piano

Songs by Debussy, Duparc, Fauré, Satie, Koechlin

Fauré: Lydia

Duparc: Phydilé

Haydn: Arianna a Naxos Hob. XVIb:2

Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis

Kosma: Les chansons de Bilitis

Satie: Chansons de Cabarett - Chez la docteur, L'omnibus automobile, Chochotte

 

2019

 

Opening concert of the Festival 'Winterreise', Pushkin Museum, Moscow, 19h00, 3 December 2019

Mariann Marczi - piano

Liszt: Sonetto Petrarca No. 104

Liszt: Waldeszrauschen concert etude

 

Museum-Estate 'Ostafyevo - Russian Parnassus', Ostafyevo, Russia, 15h00, 1 December 2019

Mariann Marczi - piano

Mozart: Fantasy in c minor K 396 

Mozart: Fantasy in d minor K 397 

Mozart: Rondo in F major K 494 

Mozart: Rondo in D major K 498 

Mozart: Sonata in B flat major K 570 

Schubert: Thirteen variations on a Theme by Anselm Hüttenbrenner D 576

 

Museum 'Tschaikowski and Moscow', Moscow, 18h00, 30 November 2019

Mariann Marczi - piano

Mozart: Fantasy in c minor K 396 

Mozart: Fantasy in d minor K 397 

Mozart: Rondo in F major K 494 

Mozart: Rondo in D major K 498 

Schubert-Marczi: Two song-transcriptions for piano from the 'Winterreise' D 911

The song nr 22 'Mut!' and song nr 23 'Die Nebensonnen' 

Mozart: Sonata in B flat major K 570

Schubert: Thirteen variations on a Theme by Anselm Hüttenbrenner D 576

 

L'invitaton au voyage, Hubay Music Hall, Budapest, 19h00, 16 November 2019

Klára Csordás - mezzosoprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été

Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis

Jenő Hubay: Ne le crois pas! Op. 17

Jenő Hubay: Comment disaient_ils

Duparc: L'invitation au voyage; Au pays ou se fait la guerre; Le manoir de Rosemonde; Chanson triste

Ravel: Cinq mélodies populaires greques

 

Woods Salon, Budapest, 18h00, 23 October 2019

Mariann Marczi - piano

Mozart: Fantasy in c minor K 396

Mozart: Fantasy in d minor K 397

Mozart: Rondo in F major K 949

Mozart: Rondo in D major K 498

Liszt: Waldeszrauschen concert etude

Liszt: Les cloches de Genêve

Mozart: Sonata in B flat major K 570

Liszt: Sonetto Petrarca No. 104

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3

 

Bogibár, Paris, 20h00, 21 October 2019

Mariann Marczi - piano

Mozart dinner with Liszt

Mozart: Fantasy in c minor K 396

Mozart: Fantasy in d minor K 397

Mozart: Rondo in F major K 949

Mozart: Rondo in D major K 498

Liszt: Waldeszrauschen concert etude

Liszt: Les cloches de Genêve

Mozart: Sonata in B flat major K 570

Liszt: Sonetto Petrarca No. 104

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3
 


EnCHANTé!, Csontváry Museum/Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs, Hungary, 18h00, 11 October 2019

Éva Bodrogi - soprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Fauré: Lydia

Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis

Duparc: Phydilé

Haydn: Arianna a Naxos Hob.XVIb:2

Joseph Kosma: Les chansons de Bilitis

Eric Satie: Chansons de cabaret - Chez la docteur, L'Omnibus automobile, Chochotte

 

Szent István College of Music, Budapest, Hungary, 18h00, 27 September 2019

Éva Bodrogi - soprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Fauré: Lydia

Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis - La flûte de Pan

Joseph Kosma: Les chansons de Bilitis - fragments

Eric Satie: L'Omnibus automobile

 

Molnár-C Pál Atelier-Museum, Budapest, 17h00, 13 September 2019

Éva Bodrogi - soprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Fauré: Lydia

Debussy: La flûte de Pan

Joseph Kosma: Ronde de la guerre de Troie, Qui aimes-tu, Bilitis?

Satie: L'omnibus automobile, Allons-y Chochotte

 

Pozsonyi Street Reformed Church, Budapest, 27 June 2019

Péter Lukács – viola

Mariann Marczi - piano

Rachmaninov: Vocalise Op. 34. No. 14.

Schubert: Sonata 'Arpeggione' in A major D 821

Brahms:Sonata for viola and piano in E flat major Op. 120 No. 2

Schumann: Abendlied Op. 85 No.12

 

Concert in the Farkas Ferenc Art School, Hungary, 7 June 2019

Mariann Marczi – piano

Chopin: Ballade in g minor Op. 23.

Liszt: Sonetto Petrarcsa No. 104.

 

János Rácz - flute

Mariann Marczi - piano

Chopin: Variations on a Theme by Rossini

 

Woods Salon, Budapest, 19 May 2019

Mariann Marczi - piano

Recital

Mozart: Sonata in B flat major K 570

Chopin: Ballade in g minor Op. 23.

Kodály: Székely Lament

Kodály: Il pleut dans la ville...

Liszt: Les Cloches de Geneve

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3.

Liszt: Sonetto Petrarca No. 104.

Liszt: Waldesrauschen concert etude

Bartók: With drums and pipes from the Out of Door

 

Woods Salon, Budapest, 12 May 2019

Mariann Marczi - piano

Recital

Mozart: Sonata in B flat major K 570

Chopin: Ballade in g minor Op. 23.

Kodály: Székely Lament

Kodály: Il pleut dans la ville...

Liszt: Les Cloches de Geneve

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3.

Liszt: Sonetto Petrarca No. 104.

Liszt: Waldesrauschen concert etude

Bartók: With drums and pipes from the Out of Door

 

Woods Salon, Budapest, 1 May 2019

Mariann Marczi - piano

Recital

Mozart: Sonata in B flat major K 570

Chopin: Ballade in g minor Op. 23.

Kodály: Székely Lament

Kodály: Il pleut dans la ville...

Liszt: Les Cloches de Geneve

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3.

Liszt: Sonetto Petrarca No. 104.

Liszt: Waldesrauschen concert etude

Bartók: With drums and pipes from the Out of Door

 

Reformed Theology Auditorium, Sárospatak, Hungary, 10 March 2019

Lúcia Megyesi Schwartz – mezzosoprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été

Milhaud: Trois poémes

Milhaud: Chansons de Négresse

Copland: Old American Songs

Berio: Chansons populaires

 

Bartók Memorial House, Budapest, 8 March 2019

Lúcia Megyesi Schwartz – mezzosoprano

Mariann Marczi - piano

Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été

Milhaud: Trois poémes

Milhaud: Chansons de Négresse

Copland: Old American Songs

Berio: Chansons populaires

 

Bartók Memorial House, Chamber music concert, Budapest, 16 February 2019

Péter Bársony – viola

Mariann Marczi - piano

Milhaud: 4 Visages for viola and piano

Brahms: Sonata in e flat major Op. 120. n. 2.

Honegger: Sonata for viola and piano

 

2018

 

Chamber music concert, Reformed Theology Auditorium, Sárospatak, Hungary, 25 November 2018

Balázs Rumy - clarinet

Mariann Marczi – piano

Schumann: Drei Romanzen Op. 94.

Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston Op. 102.

Schumann: Fantasiestücke Op. 73.

Brahms: Sonata for clarinet and piano in E flat major Op. 120.

 

Privat Concert, Woods Salon, Budapest, 25 October 2018

Mariann Marczi - piano

Schubert: Six moments musicaux D 780

Mozart: Sonata in B flat major K 570

Chopin: Ballade in g minor Op. 23.

 

Trio concert, Bartók Memorial House, Budapest, 13 October 2018

Horia Dumitrache – clarinet

Milan P'ala - violin

Mariann Marczi – piano

Bartók: Contrasts

Schumann: Märchenerzählungen Op. 132.

Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat - suite

 

Liszt Hall, Zsolnay-Quarter, "Arts and Aging" Conference, Pécs, Hungary, 7 October 2018

Mariann Marczi - piano

Mozart: Sonata in B flat major K 570

Chopin: Ballade in g minor Op. 23.

 

Csigó Malom concert hall and salon, Gyulakeszi, Hungary, 4 August 2018

Éva Csermák – violin

Mariann Marczi – piano

Schubert: Sonate for violin and piano in g-moll D 408

Csajkovszkij: Melancholic Serenade Op. 26.

Csajkovszkij: Meditation, Scherzo and Melody Op. 42.

Grieg: Sonata for violin and piano in c minor Op. 45.

 

"The Spheres" Studio and Concert Hall, Montesilvano, Italy, 28 July 2018

Mariann Marczi - piano

Schubert: Six moments musicaux D 780

Schubert: Hüttenbrenner variations D 574

Schubert: 12 Grätzer Walzer D 924

Schumann: Waldszenen Op. 82.

 

Privat Concert, Woods Salon, Budapest, 4 June 2018

Mariann Marczi - piano

Schubert: Six moments musicaux D 780

Schubert: Hüttenbrenner variations D 574

Schubert: 12 Grätzer Walzer D 924

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3.

 

Woods Salon, Budapest, 23 March 2018

Mariann Marczi - piano

Schubert: Six moments musicaux D 780

Schubert: Hüttenbrenner variations D 574

Schubert: 12 Grätzer Walzer D 924

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3.

 

Woods Salon, Budapest, 6 April 2018

Mariann Marczi - piano

Schubert: Six moments musicaux D 780

Schubert: Hüttenbrenner variations D 574

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3.

 

PRESS

Album reviews, “PAST VISIONS”, 2019

 

Musicalifeiten, Jan de Kruijff / May 2019

Those who look well at Schubert's piano works will also come across the twelve Grazer Walzer from September 1827. They were written at the same time as the 6 Moments musicaux but never officially published at the time. The Hüttenbrenner variations were created exactly ten years earlier.

They are based on a theme from the slow part of his String Quartet No. 1 in E op. 3 from 1816, which is related to the allegretto from Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Schubert must have known both works and it is not surprising that he was inspired by them. There does not seem to be a recording of Hüttenbrenner's quartet (ten, there are two).

That is why it is precisely these two works that make this publication so interesting.

The Dozen Grazer Walzer enjoys more prominence. They have already been recorded by Till Fellner (Erato 0630-17869-2), Alice Ader (Chant du monde LDC 278875), Karl Betz (Christophorus CHE 0115-2), Charlotte Baumgartner (Gramola 98824) and Vladimir Feltsman (Nimbus NI 6298) .

The Hungarian pianist Mariann Marczi made her debut on a CD in 2013 with the recording Splinters, featuring twentieth-century Hungarian piano works by Kurtág, Ligeti, Kodály, Lajtha, Bartók, Jeney and Csapó (Odradek ODRCD 307) that was warmly received. Given her status, the pianist should be much better known.

She knows very well how to distinguish between the three types of Schubert's music and skillfully brings them to life. That Schumann's Waldszenen from 1849 also succeeded nicely because, according to a forest-like, rather dark atmosphere, which sounds a bit deserted though not depressed, is justified and understandable. But in this CD, think especially of both unknown pieces by Schubert!

 

Piano News, Isabel Fedrizzi, Germany (translated from German) / July 2019

The Hungarian pianist Mariann Marczi was educated at the conservatory in Budapest, and is professor there today. She dedicated her debut in 2015 to a purely Hungarian program, here she presents a Schumann Schubert CD with lots of clarity and a rich sound-colour. With "dense" can her play be well described in intensive expression. Dynamic and in style always a little disciplined, but with a lot of sense for atmospheres and a very differentiated attack. Her rich experience with contemporary music certainly contributes to the pianist's "attempting to approach Schubert through the polarities of distant musical epochs". She finds convincingly her own tone of voice, with which she does justice to the character of each miniature. This also applies to Schumann's Waldszenen: the emotional components of these small forms is particularly pronounced, Mariann Marczi sets them sounding wonderful.

 

Gramofon Magazine (translated from Hungarian) / Summer 2019

Schubert's and Schumann's relatively less well-known and less played works are recorded on (Mariann Marczi’s) album entitled Past Visions. {…} One of the great values of Mariann Marczi’s choice and interpretation of the program is the rehabilitation of the compositions, and her play convincingly demonstrates that these pieces are precious and noteworthy gems in the composers’ oeuvre.

 

Parlando (translated from Hungarian) / March 2019

Mariann Marczi recounts her repertoire with remarkable thoroughness, which is already commendable in scope. More importantly, this list is not merely a document of former programs, but a track record of past experience. What has been learned has by no means become a "completed past" after one or more performances but influences future musical work and performances too. To such effects can many features of Mariann Marczi's play traced back, which should not be put into words, for any such approach carries the risk of misunderstanding. I like to emphasize the "naturalness" of her play, in which it is needless to ponder the proportions of awareness and instinct. Presumably, the experience of a large amount of thoughtfully learned compositions will be at work in this – which can be compared when someone, through her extensive reading, not only expands her vocabulary, but uses her knowledge to always choose the most appropriate word. It is hardly enough to describe her play that everything is practiced to be safe in her performance - so much more is this technically problem-free piano play, such as the flawless recitation is much more than faultless articulation. All sounds of longer or shorter movements are alive – their life notwithstanding their simplicity is more than vegetation, since they are part of processes and we can only be glad to meet them in their natural environment.

As if Mariann Marczi were to share Leopold Kohr’s opinion (small is beatiful and in other respects slow is beautiful), she does not want to over-emphasise anything. Therefore, outbreaks and peaks gain extreme importance in the relatively narrow dynamic framework. However, due to the sophistication of her play, the barely varying repetition-return cycles never become boring. There are no sentimental emotions, and this interpretation is generally devoid of any romanticizing exaggeration. The greatest strength of the play is that this way of expression is very natural to the pianist, such as the subject and the volume of the performance in a small group of people for those who are certain that they have interesting things to say. Especially in the less-known Schubert works, this attitude of the artist bears fruit. During the ten minutes of the 12 valses, the audience hardly raises questions as to why others, at other times, do not play them – “it contents itself” with a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can be invoked countless times thanks to this record.

To Schumann’s cycle of “Forest scenes” also applies the classicizing discipline - here the audience notices, in addition to the message of the music, the details of “playing the piano” (becomes more receptive?) - tilting, playing modes, articulation details. Perhaps because it feels that the beautiful narrative here could be more poetic, more "perspective", and endure stronger visual associations?

 

Album reviews, “SPLINTERS”, 2013

International

 

The Arts Desk – Graham Rickson / 18 January 2014

“… earthiness and otherworldliness magnificently conveyed by Marczi… Marczi’s quickfire articulation is extraordinary… As is usual with Odradek, presentation and production are immaculate. A fabulous, ear-stretching disc.”

 

Gramophone – Jed Distler / 2 December 2013

 “… listen to her marvellous differentiation between the steady staccato left hand and the edgy legato right-hand line… and the detailed integrity of Marczi’s interpretations.”

 

BBC Music Magazine – Ivan Hewett / March 2014

“…a pianist of fine, sensitive touch… this is a wonderfully intelligent disc, beautifully played.”

 

Klassik.com - Sebastian Rose / 20 December 2016

“Mariann Marczi’s equally captivating and homogeneous programme of Hungarian piano music of the 20th century already combines all the qualities that are decisive for this recording: clarity, sharp contours and aphoristic brevity.”

 

La Folia, Grant Chu Cowell / July 2014

 “All of Ligeti’s Études are in Marczi’s repertoire. She has written extensively on them and has selected her favorite, Fém from Book II.”

“Marczi’s animated Ligeti and Lajtha contrast with the familiar but cool Bartók.”

 

Musique Classique & Co, Thierry Vagne / 25 December 2016

“… an altogether consistent recital, very well played.”

 

Expedition Audio, Paul Ballyk / 16 March 2014

“All of this music has been central to Mariann Marczi’s repertory, a fact which is unmistakable in these authoritative and penetrating performances.”

 

Music Web, Lucy Jeffery / 14 February 2014

“… Marczi’s sensitivity, astonishing openness and clarity… this CD merits high praise both for its exposé of modern day composers and Marczi’s nuanced, intelligent interpretations.”

 

Sinfini, Norman Lebrecht / 2 December 2013

“… an original album without a single superfluous note. Solo piano in Hungarian is a world unto itself, a world apart.”

 

Musik Texte, Hartmut Lücke / May 2014 (translated from German)

“…plenty of skill and wit… played vividly and with rhythmical precision…”

 

Piano News, Burkhard Schäfer / September 2015 (translated from German)

 “… Odradek Records has become one of the most distinguished addresses for exciting and, above all, unconventional (piano) music… The pianist Mariann Marczi from Hungary has to be highly praised… Here we have a purist recording with a clear concept.”

 

Ritmo – Inés Ruiz Artola / March 2014 (translated from Spanish)

“Marczi has chosen wisely and carefully a repertory of shining, curious examples, some playful, others startling, of the music for piano of her compatriots.”

 

Hungarian

 

Gramofon, Ilina Kovács  / December 2013  (translated from Hungarian)

“Each note, each pause in her playing is mature, and nothing happens by chance. The sobbing of Kodály’s Székely keserves is moving, the sarcastic humor of Bartók’s second burlesque is diverting…”

 

Zempléni Múzsa, Kolozsi László / Spring 2014

Ha azt nézzük, miként játszik, megállapítható, hogy igen erős a billentése, kimért, a hangoknak jelentős hangsúlyt adó tempót vesz, s alaposan végiggondolta és megfontolta, hol húzzon határokat, melyik művet melyikkel érezzük rokonnak. Mindazt a munkát elvégzi, ami egy zongorista mint interpretátor feladata, de ezen túl is megy, nevezetesen akkor, amikor a játszott művekre mint lélek-anyag hordozókra, mint meditációs objektumokra tekint. Mint olyanokra, amelyeknek hallgatása a transzcendens felé is megindít.

 

Magyar Narancs, Kolozsi László / November 2014

Ha vannak kiemelkedő pontjai ennek az összességében remek lemeznek, akkor azok a századvég szülöttei: az itt még sejtelmesnek is ható Kurtág-művek, Ligeti Fém című háromperces etűdje, és Jeney Zoltán két munkája. A Fém játékos lüktetése, a Jeney-szerzemény borongóssága megerősíti a hallgató érzését: ez a lemez a huszadik századi magyar zongorairodalmat rendkívüli perspektívából láttatja - Kodály és Bartók ismertebb műveit mintha az előadó a modernebb következmények felől venné szemügyre. Nemcsak hagyomány és modern egymásra épülését mutatja fel, hanem egy speciális magyar vonalat is, mely, ha nem is tűnik töretlennek, mintha legalább olyan következetesen épült volna, akár a dallamvonal Marczi Mariann keze alatt.

 

Ekultura, Galamb Zoltán / December 2013

Csodálatraméltó például az az érzékenység, amellyel Marczi Mariann megszólaltatja Kurtág György tömör, az eszközöket a minimumra redukáló „szilánkjait”; ahogyan a lecsengő hangok előkészítik a rájuk következő akkordokat, és képzeletünkben elhallgatva is átúsznak az új harmóniákba. Ám éppily mesterien érzékelteti a művésznő Ligeti György etűdjének fémes jellegét, kitartóan kopogó ismétlődő hangoktól megkeményedő szilárdságát, amihez a képzeletbeli ragyogó felületek utánozhatatlan szépsége járul. A másik oldalon pedig Bartók Béla disszonanciákkal kísérletezgető összhangzatainak leheletfinom hangulatfestéseit érzékelhetjük a népies dallamok alatt. A burleszkek játékosak, határokat feszegetők, néhol kifejezetten meghökkentőek, mégis mindvégig emberiek és összetéveszthetetlenül egyediek.

 

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