Instrumental recitals are hardly the vogue these days. Piano recitals, once the mainstay of the classical-music business, are now an endangered species. And among the restricted number of piano recitals given, few are devoted to the music of one composer. When such specialized programs take place, they are usually devoted to the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, or Chopin. Recitals of the once-celebrated Franz Liszt (1811–86) are practically unheard of nowadays. Furthermore, remarkably few works by Liszt (and always the same few) are currently available on CD by celebrated pianists.

I had never heard of the Hungarian pianist Christina Kiss before seeing her tiny recital advertisement in The New York Times Sunday “Arts & Leisure” section in early December. There, almost completely submerged by the florid notices for Christmas and Chanukah musical events, was...


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