Eugen Cicero 出生於罗马尼亚，是以爵士手法演奏古典音乐的先驱之一。无论是萧邦、莫札特或是巴哈等作品，他都以摇摆和即兴风格创造最完美的和谐，和意想不到的惊喜!
Classics In Jazz (5CD) - 2005
Title Of Album: Classics In Jazz (5CD)
Year Of Release: 2005
Label: Jazz-Art C.
Genre: Jazz, Classical Music
Eugen Cicero was a jazz pianist of Romanian-Hungarian descent, who became world famous for his jazz interpretations and arrangements of baroque, classical and romantic works. Even his interpretations of jazz standards were always spiced with quotations from classical works. He is praised for his unparalleled virtuosity, his brilliant keystroke and outstanding creativity.
In 1976 Eugen Cicero was awarded a German Schallplatten Preis for his arrangements of compositions by Franz Schubert. In addition to more than 70 recordings and numerous domestic and foreign TV appearances, he made pioneering recordings with the Berlin and Munich Philharmonic orchestras. He also toured Japan, a country where he achieved cult status thanks to his thousands of dedicated and loyal fans.
It was not easy for critics to categorize Eugen Cicero's playing. The designation 'golden hands', which was attributed to him throughout his career, was an indication that both music lovers and critics valued his consistently high level of performance, especially at times of radical change in the music scene. Even now, the name of Eugen Cicero stands for amazing musical virtuosity, phenomenal rhythmic feeling and an inexhaustibly inventive genius.
This video is from a TV broadcast on WDR German television channel. This concert was recorded in 1997, the year of his death, being one of his last concerts.
of Romanian-Hungarian descent, was born in Cluj-Napoca (Klausenburg), Romania, on June 26, 1940. His remarkable musical aptitude manifested itself at a very early age. He started taking piano lessons at the age of four and was taught by some of the country's most renowned teachers. He owed his brilliantly sensitive touch to the instruction he received from Aurelia Cionca, while Ana Pitis initiated him into the virtuoso tradition, as personified by Franz Liszt.
In addition, Cicero studied instrumentation and composition at the National Conservatory in Bucharest. However, neither the prospect of an academic career nor that of becoming a conventional concert pianist appealed to him. He saw these roles as much too restrictive. The key musical philosophy for Cicero was to be receptive towards everything new and to maintain a free spirit in developing his art.
Growing up in a communist country, he found swing music to be a magical source of inspiration. It was therefore almost invitable that his first concert tour in the sixties took him West to Berlin to be exact the melting pot of European jazz. There, Cicero encountered musicians with a multitude of different styles, and, thanks to his well-honed powers of perception, he was able to adapt some of these to his own musical approach. Soon his personal style crystallized into the so-called Classic-Swing idiom, forging a harmonious link between classical music and mainstream jazz.
The response to Cicero's distinctive keyboard work was an immediate, widespread and enthusiastic one. His recipe for success was to introduce into exquisite baroque, classical and romantic compositions an infectious swing and sophisticated harmonies, and his gifted and dextrous hands transformed these works into timeless masterpieces.
Many musicians had already sought to combine the classical and jazz idioms, but none of them could match Cicero's ability to draw on a rich fund of knowledge and extraordinary technical expertise to achieve such an inspired synthesis. Cicero was, without question, the leading exponent of the so-called Classic-Swing style.
A true evaluation of Cicero's creativity requires not only an appreciation of his tremendous technique but also an ability to listen with the heart. Cicero loved music and he loved his audience. He never played for himself, but for his audiences, which he always succeeded in captivating. His careful selection of originals, prior to each performance, was a pure delight not only for the friends of classical music but also for jazz lovers.
Above all, however, it was the spontaneity and improvisational flair with which he presented his interpretations that transformed each of his concerts into a work of musical art something which is rarely to be experienced in the concert hall today.
In 1976 Eugen Cicero was awarded a German Schallplatten Preis for his arrangements of compositions by Franz Schubert. In addition to more than 70 recordings and numerous domestic and foreign TV appearances, he made pioneering recordings with the Berlin and Munich Philharmonic orchestras. He also toured Japan, a country where he achieved cult status thanks to his thousands of dedicated and loyal fans. It was not easy for critics to categorise Eugen Cicero's playing. The designation 'golden hands', which was attributed to him throughout his career, was an indication that both music lovers and critics valued his consistently high level of performance, especially at times of radical change in the music scene. Even now, after more than 40 years, the name of Eugen Cicero stands for amazing pianistic virtuosity, phenomenal rhythmic feeling and an inexhaustibly inventive genius.
(Lisa Boulton, Villingen)
Eugen Cicero (June 27 1940 in Cluj , Transylvania, Romania, December 5th 1997 in Zurich , Eugen actually Ciceu) was a classically trained jazz pianist. He became famous with his jazz interpretations and arrangements of baroque, classical and romantic works that made him famous during his lifetime.
Eugen Cicero - Classics In Jazz
01. J.S.Bach - Erbame Dich, Mein Got [0:05:58.63]
02. D.Scarlatti - Sonata in E major [0:03:58.20]
03. W.A.Mozart - Fantasia in D minor [0:05:26.25]
04. F.Chopin - Prelude in C minor [0:03:36.64]
05. F.Chopin - Valse â„–7 in C# minor [0:05:41.28]
06. F.Chopin - Prelude in E minor [0:07:08.01]
07. F.Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody â„–2 [0:08:06.71]
08. P.I.Tchaikovsky - Old French Song [0:08:04.66]
09. P.I.Tchaikovsky - Theme (Tempo di Valse) from "Swanlake" [0:07:40.36]
10. P.I.Tchaikovsky - Neapolitan Dance [0:05:37.40]
Eugen Cicero - piano
Peter White - bass
Charly Antolini - drums
Eugen Cicero - Classics In Jazz 2
01. J.S.Bach - Toccata et Fuga D-minor [0:07:22.37]
02. Handel - Sarabande for Angelique from Suite â„–4 D-minor [0:04:33.41]
03. J.S.Bach - Badinerie [0:05:08.33]
04. Mozart - Fantasia [0:09:23.53]
05. Mozart - Sehnsucht Nach Dem Fruhling [0:04:12.66]
06. C.P.E.Bach - Phillip's Swinging Fantasia from Fantasia D-minor [0:05:15.12]
07. J.S.Bach - Riverside in Rondo [0:05:00.37]
08. Albinoni - Adagio [0:04:12.41]
09. Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue [0:05:13.25]
10. Mozart - Ah! Vous dirais-je, Maman [0:06:30.41]
11. Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker [0:04:40.51]
12. Mozart-Liszt-Beethoven-Tchaikovsky - Sunny Medley [0:06:40.15]
Eugen Cicero - piano
Henk Haverhoek - bass (1,2,4-7)
Aladar Pege - bass (9,11)
Decebal Badila - bass (3,10,12)
John Engels - drums (1,2,4-7)
Ringo Hirth - drums (9,11)
Sir Roland Hanna - Georga Mraz - Classics In Jazz 3
01. Prelude 19 in A minor [0:03:02.30]
02. Prelude 4 in C minor [0:04:26.33]
03. Prelude 2 in G major [0:04:03.36]
04. Humoresque - F. Dvorjak [0:08:23.16]
05. Prelude 9 in F sharp minor [0:04:57.38]
06. Prelude 7 in A minor [0:03:32.25]
07. Prelude 21 in E flat major [0:05:34.25]
08. Prelude 18 in D flat major [0:02:54.39]
09. Serenade - F. Schubert [0:05:44.41]
10. Reverie 0 C. Debussy [0:06:12.66]
11. Chant sans Paroles. Op.2 N3 - P. Tschaikovsky [0:04:32.31]
12. Swan Lake - P. Tschaikovsky [0:06:25.31]
13. Yours in my Heart Alone - F. Lehar [0:08:42.21]
14. Clair de Lune - C. Debussy [0:02:57.39]
Sir Roland Hanna - piano
George Mraz - bass
Hregor Huebner, Richie Beirach, George Mraz - Classics in Jazz 4
01. Scrjabin - Prelude op.16 [0:09:33.21]
02. Bartok - Bagatelle No.4 [0:06:35.21]
03. Pergolesi - Eja mater fons amoris [0:05:54.22]
04. Porumbescu - Balada [0:08:40.20]
05. Traditional - Dubrawuschka [0:05:51.23]
06. Pergolesi - Sancta mater, istrud agas [0:06:10.21]
07. J.S. Bach - Siciliana [0:06:03.23]
08. Traditional - Cossack's Song [0:07:10.20]
Hregor Huebner - violin
Richie Beirach - piano
George Mraz - bass
Steve Kuhn, David Finck, Billy Drummond - Classics In Jazz vol.5
01. M.Ravel - Pavane [0:06:30.16]
02. P.Tchaikovsky - Symphony #5 2nd movement [0:06:54.18]
03. E.Grieg - Ich liebe dich [0:05:35.25]
04. P.Tchaikovsky - Swan lake [0:06:14.15]
05. F.Chopin - Nocturne in Eb major op.9 #2 [0:06:42.17]
06. C.Debussy - Reverie [0:08:12.26]
07. F.Chopin - Prelude in E minor op.28, #4 [0:05:46.72]
08. F.Chopin - Fantasy impromptu [0:07:25.07]
09. G.Faure - Pavane [0:06:36.17]
10. J.Brahms - Lullaby [0:03:41.14]
Steve Kuhn - piano
David Finck - bass
Billy Drummond - drums