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Fóldes was a pupil of Bartók and crusader for Hungarian music throughout a long and distinguished career: his 1957 recordings for DG were clearly a labour of love. His own transcriptions from Háry János are zesty and idiomatic, his Dances of Marosszék (banded on the current CD as a single track) is second to none for virtuosity and power, and the remaining shorter pieces are all spot on. One soon gets used to the primitive mono sound; less quickly the 44-minute playing time.

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