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In Recital [Import]

Benno Moiseiwitsch Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 26, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Arbiter
  • ASIN: B000034D4F
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ballade for piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 38, CT. 3
2. Nocturne for piano No. 12 in G major, Op. 37/2, CT. 119
3. Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198
4. Prelude for piano No. 23 in F major, Op. 28/23, CT. 188
5. Prelude for piano No. 16 in B flat minor, Op. 28/16, CT. 181
6. Orgel-Fantasie & Fuge (I & II), for piano in G minor (after J.S. Bach: BWV 542), S. 463 (LW A244): Fantasie
7. Orgel-Fantasie & Fuge (I & II), for piano in G minor (after J.S. Bach: BWV 542), S. 463 (LW A244): Fugue
8. Stšndchen (Horch, horch! die Lerch), transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 889), S. 558/9 (LW A42/9)
9. Mes Joies, transcription for piano (after Chopin Op. 74/12), S. 480/5bis
10. Overture zu Tannhšuser, transcripion for piano (after Wagner), S. 442 (LW A146)
11. Vivo, for piano (Four Etudes No. 4), Op. 7/4
12. Moiseiwitsch interviewed by Abram Chasins

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5.0 out of 5 stars Larger than life October 5, 2008
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The label Arbiter specializes in issuing live or inedited recordings of great artists from the past. The sound is not for everybody, since the source tapes often display serious distortions and signs of damage.
With this reservation I can give this CD 5 stars. It is a valuable collectionist item, which adds additional information about a great pianist, Benno Moiseiwitsch. The cover notes claim that 'Moiseiwitsch's art was captured at its best in recital, as he disliked making records'. This statement is a gross simplification, but it finds some support.
May I at once say that the information about tracks on is wrong: Moiseiwitsch does not play Beethoven here, he plays Chopin, Liszt and an encore of Stravinsky.
The high points of this CD are: 1) Chopin's 2nd ballad 2) Chopin's Nocturne in G major Op 37.2 3) Moiseiwitsch interviewed by composer Abram Chasins.
I cannot say that Moiseiwitsch is playing 'better' than in his studio versions, but he plays differently: at times you feel a tremendous force, even fury in his approach - this was not typical for his work in studio.
The ballad is especially grand - it is a larger-than-life performance. The dynamic range is very big and Benno's attacks are unusually fierce, but it works here. The Nocturne is expressive up to an extreme (I am not aware of Moiseiwitsch's studio version of that piece). The b-flat minor prelude from Op. 28 is simply furious, but the studio version is more balanced: I like both versions. The studio version of Chopin's 2nd Scherzo in b flat minor, Op. 31 is accurate, but a bit uninvolved. The live version is impassioned, but not that accurate.
Moiseiwitsch's reminiscences about Rachmaninov are fascinating and convey many interesting details only a close friend and a great collegue could tell.
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