New album by pianist Éva Polgár: “Liszt – Harmonies patriotiques et religieuses”

FALL 2022 — Hungarian pianist Éva Polgár announces the international release of her solo album, Liszt – Harmonies patriotiques et religieuses, via the Hunnia Records label in Fall 2022.  The album is also available for download and streaming via all major platforms. 

Critics praise Éva Polgár for her “intelligent interpretations,” “emotional power,” and “vibrant technique”. Her albums of experimental music inspired by literature and visual arts are released under Ektro Records and broadcast on Finnish national radio.

“The thematic idea of the album Harmonies patriotiques et religieuses is influenced by Ferenc Liszt’s dedication to his homeland and devotion to God. The further my profession has taken me from my country, the stronger I relate to these ideals. ” – Éva Polgár

With a repertoire ranging from unearthly harmonic progressions to dark rhythmic motives, Polgár conjures an unmistakable flavor of the Hungarian style, evocative of Liszt’s religious and patriotic characteristics.

The first and last pieces on the album, Sursum Corda. Erhebet eure Jerzen [Lift Up Your Hearts] and Legend No. 2, St. François de Paule marchant sure les flots [St. Francis of Paola walking on the waves] are both associated with “serene religious feeling” in Liszt’s output. Liszt also composed the Hungarian Coronation Mass for the coronation of Emperor Francis Joseph I of Austria as King of Hungary. In the Csardas and Csardas obstinée the musical texture is mainly dominated by Liszt’s late compositional and harmonic style, while others demonstrate a devotion to St. John and St. Francis.


Sursum corda. Erhebet eure Herzen
Hungarian Coronation Mass, Benedictus
Hungarian Coronation Mass, Offertorium
Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11
Csardas obstinée
Puszta Wehmut
Psaume – de l’église à Génève
Legend No. 1, St. Francois d’Assise – La prédication aux oiseaux
Legend 2. St. Francois de Paule marchant sur les flots

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