Written in 1847, the second Hungarian Rhapsody is probably one of the most popular pieces written by Liszt.
whole work is fully inspired by Gipsy traditional music. It starts with
the Lassan, which solemnity really contrasts with the following Friska
full of joy, happiness and incredibly virtuoso.
is the first harpist to play entirely the second Hungarian rhapsody. His
transcription is very close from the original version apart from the
tone and a few short sections slightly modified for a better effect at
Sylvain Blassel plays this time on an 1898, Gothic styled Erard harp (Paris branch).