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Piano Concerto in E Major

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The Piano Concerto by Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925), written for the great virtuoso Josef Hofmann, has everything you'd want to hear in a Romantic Concerto except for memorable themes and genius. That might seem like a lot missing, but there's a lot left, too, especially the exciting virtuoso piano writing and the sparkling orchestration. If you don't insist on masterpieces all the time, this Concerto can be a lot of fun. Not so for the multinational suite, which is a group of rather feeble imitations of national styles. (The Hungarian finale sounds as much like a can-can as a csardas.) Pawlik plays with beautiful tone and plenty of impulse, and the orchestra and recording are first-rate. --Leslie Gerber
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000AENN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Naxos has done it again. They have brought to the the listening room a very splendid recording of the Moszkowski piano concerto. Markus Pawlik caresses the keyboard to produce a soulfully lyrical rendering of this magnificent and seldom heard romantic gem. There are other recordings, i.e. with Michael Ponti (VOX), Piers Lane (Hyperion) et al, (which are also very good) however, pleasure and value for money, this is the one to buy. The CD also includes a little known work "From Foreign Lands", Op.23. Another success story by Moszkowski (and Naxos)!
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For those not wanting to invest in the Hyperion recording by Piers Lane of this wonderful work, this CD will do nicely. Although the performers sometimes go over-the-top in this recording, the music suits it perfectly. Bright and vivid recording. Pianist and orchestra are top-notch.
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The Moszkowski concerto is one the great treasures of the late Romantic period. It is basically a "crowd-pleaser", full of beautiful melodies and lush orchestration, designed to pack the concert halls and earn its talented composer a fortune. As one of the greatest pianists of the 19th century, Moszkowski proudly displays his super-virtuosity in vast runs and arpeggios, complex chord passages, and generally amazing feats of pianism that produces the "Wow!" effect and has the listener coming back for more. Moszkowski was a passionate Jew and the concerto contains some lovely Hasidic themes that give it an intriguing Eastern European flavor. The effect is brilliant, sparkling music full of joy and the celebration of life.

This new recording from Poland is on a par with the excellent recordings by Michael Ponti and Piers Lane and is well worth the price of admission.
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This was a composer completely unknown to me and I was surprised to discover that romantic pianomusic is more than Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Maybe there is not as many memorable tunes as there is in the more familiar music by the above mentioned, but it is confidently put together and orchestrated. The shorter dancepieces inspired by different countries are equally charming and enjoyable.
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Gramophone Magazine recently had a feature on romantic piano concertos by composers off the beaten path, and it made a list of ten suggestions for the musically-adventurous, including concertos by Hummel, Scharwenka, and Rubinstein. The Moszkowski Piano Concerto in E major was its number one recommendation for readers to sample, and though it recommended the Ponti/Stracke/Philharmonia Hungarica recording on Brilliant, I opted for this Naxos release based on the glowing reviews on Amazon. I would say that this piece has been one of those rare finds that makes exploring music outside the standard repertoire really worthwhile!

I'm amazed that this concerto is not featured more regularly on the concert stage. The Andante movement is particularly beautiful with a concluding suave, heart-felt melody that in my opinion rivals some of the best moments in Rachmaninov or Tchaikovsky! The "From Foreign Lands" suite is also charming, and this CD has motivated me to seek out more of Moszkowski's music, including Argenta's famous "Espana" recording on Decca that includes Moszkowski's cracking "Spanish Dances" (as orchestrated by Phillip Scharwenka, according to one Web site).

Though I've not heard other performances of this fine piano concerto, Pawlik, Wit, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra offer a very compelling performance, and I highly recommend this disk!
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While not overtly tuneful (it's not only modern music which doesn't have tunes!) the Moszkowski Concerto has a great sense of harmonic direction and scintillating piano texture which seizes the attention.Listen to the way the soloist delicately weaves his way throught the thick string sonorities 4minutes into the slow movement and the heart wrenching outpouring at 07:15...glorious stuff!

As far as unjustly neglected romantic concertos are concerned, the Moszkowski may not be in the league of Scharvenka's 4th but it certainly merits repeated hearings and frequent live concerts!

Fantastic performances from all concerned.
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