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Chopin: Nocturnes Nos. 1-19

Chopin: Nocturnes Nos. 1-19


Ivan Moravec (pianio)

One of the first recordings that earned Ivan Moravec acclaim and secured him a position among the finest pianists of the 20th century was the album of the complete Chopin Nocturnes made in 1965 in New York (Steinway) and at Vienna’s Konzerthaus (Bösendorfer) for the Connoisseur Society label. Many critics have branded this recording a benchmark and consider it the ultimate account of the Nocturnes; in the words of Henry Fogel (Fanfare): “This is playing that draws the listener deeply into the music - you are not drawn into Moravec’s achievement, but Chopin’s.” Ivan Moravec presents the Nocturnes in an admirable scale of colours and dynamics (down to astonishingly tender, barely touched tones), with the music flowing so naturally that it seems as though there are no bars or individual notes. Supraphon is rereleasing this legendary recording with a sensitively remastered sound, which brings out to the full the wealth of tone colours of Moravec’s piano.

Ivan Moravec’s account of the legendary Chopin Nocturnes, in a more colourful remastered sound.

Recorded April 1965 in St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University, New York (Nocturnes Nos 1, 4–7, 9, 13, 19, Steinway) and November 1965 in the Mozartsaal of the Konzerthaus, Vienna (Nocturnes Nos 2, 3, 8, 10–12, 14–18, Bösendorfer)

“The sound quality is startlingly good, capturing all the richness, warmth and immediacy of the two instruments..Then there’s the surely peerless singing quality of Moravec’s playing. It allows every piece simply and affectingly to weave its hypnotic, sweetly sad magic.” Sunday Times, 24th June 2012

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Ivan Moravec: Twelfth Night Recital

Ivan Moravec: Twelfth Night Recital


Bach, J S:

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Chopin:

Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3

Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K333


Ivan Moravec (piano)

Recorded live at the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague, on 6 January, 1987

This live recording of Ivan Moravec at the Rudolfinum in Prague was to have been first released on the occasion of his 85th birthday. The previously unreleased recording was discovered after 28 years in the Supraphon archives, and it managed to pass the test of the great artist’s uncompromising self-censorship.

Moravec’s playing of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy at this concert meets the same standards as his finest recordings – technical refinement of details, carefully elaborated architecture, and rare inner vitality. Ivan Moravec’s masterful performance is further enhanced by the special atmosphere of a live concert. The earthly journey of this great pianist of the twentieth century and of this extraordinary person came to a close in July of 2015. This recording is left behind to us as his last message and statement about beauty.

A previously unreleased recording of a recital by Ivan Moravec – commemorating a great pianist of the twentieth century.

“To listen to Moravec is to be reminded of another era, one in which there was no political correctness surrounding Bach and the modern piano. He gives a warm, richly rhetorical reading of the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, one that is seemingly without ego and entirely compelling. The Mozart sonata is another highlight.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2015

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Dvorak: Sacred Works & Cantatas

Dvorak: Sacred Works & Cantatas


Dvorak:

Ave Maria, Op. 19b

Ave maris stella

Biblical Songs (10), Op. 99

Hymnus ad laudes in festo SS. Trinitatis

Mass in D major, Op.86 (B175)

O sanctissima, Op. 19a

Psalm 149 Op. 79 (B.154)

Requiem, Op. 89

Saint Ludmila

Stabat Mater, Op. 58

Te Deum, Op.103, B.176

The Heirs of the White Mountain, Op. 30, B134

Svatební Kosile, Op. 69


Eva Urbanova (soprano), Vera Soukupova (alto), Beno Blachut (tenor), Jindrich Jindrak, Ivan Kusnjer (baritone), Peter Mikulas, Richard Novak (bass), Ivan Moravec (piano)

Prague Philharmonic Choir, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Prague Symphony Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Vaclav Neumann, Jiri Belohlavek, Vaclav Smetacek, Zdenek Kosler

“Dad’s God was not the God of Vengeance but the Creator, who sanctifies the journey through the ‘valley of death’ through his infinite love”, is how Antonín Dvořák’s sincere piety was recalled by his son Otakar. Faith in God was for Dvořák the cornerstone on which he built his own life and work, hence it comes as no surprise that a number of his seminal pieces are within the domain of sacred music, and frequently linked with a strong personal story.

The first version of the oratorio Stabat Mater came into being after the death of his first-born daughter. In the wake of the triumph of its London premiere, Dvořák received more commissions from the UK, which gave rise to other paramount compositions: The Spectre’s Bride, Requiem and Saint Ludmila.

The instigation for the Te Deum came from New York, where following the premiere of the 'New World Symphony' Dvořák wrote the Biblical Songs, the apex of his oeuvre of this genre. The set also contains pieces that have been seldom performed (the cantata The Heirs of the White Mountain, Psalm 149 in the previously unreleased recording made by the conductor Václav Neumann, etc.).

At the same time, this new collection within the Dvořák series showcases superlative artists, and the listeners will undoubtedly also be pleased by the sensitively remastered sound of the recordings.

These are gems from the Supraphon archive.

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Dvořák: Orchestral Works & Concertos

Dvořák: Orchestral Works & Concertos


Dvorak:

Slavonic Dances Nos. 1-8, Op. 46 Nos. 1-8

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Three Slavonic Dances, Op. 72

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Slavonic Rhapsodies (3), Op. 45

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohumil Gregor

The Hero's Song, Op. 111

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohumil Gregor

Legends, Op. 59

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

My Home Overture, Op. 62

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Hussite Overture, Op. 67

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Czech Suite, Op. 39

Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hruša

Festival March in C major, Op. 54

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

Prague Waltzes, B99

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

Polka in B flat major, Op. 53a/1 'For Prague Students'

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

Polonaise in E flat major for orchestra, B100

Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hruša

American Suite in A major, Op. 98a(b)

Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hruša

Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44

Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hruša

Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hruša

Nocturne in B major for strings, Op.40 (B47)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Cello Concerto in A major, B10

Instrumentation Jarmil Burghauser, revision of the cello part Miloš Sádlo

Miloš Sádlo (cello)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

Ivan Moravec (piano)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Václav Hudecek (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

Mazurek for violin and orchestra, Op. 49 (B89)

Václav Hudecek (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Josef Suk (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5

Miloš Sádlo (cello)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181

Miloš Sádlo (cello)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Miloš Sádlo (cello)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann


Collectors and admirers of Dvořák’s music bearing the hallmark of the Czech performance tradition can now add another comprehensive album to put alongside the previous complete Supraphon CDs mapping his chamber (SU38152, SU39212), piano (SU40182) and symphonic works (SU40902). The acclaimed recording of the symphonies, conducted by Václav Neumann, is now followed by Supraphon’s 8-CD box set featuring Dvořák’s orchestral pieces and concertos. In addition to the celebrated Slavonic Dances, it contains a number of rarely recorded symphonic works (the Hussite Overture, My Home, A Hero’s Song), as well as splendid compositions for chamber and string orchestras. Besides recordings made under the baton of Neumann, it provides scope to other great Dvořák conductors – Mackerras, Bělohlávek and the rising star Jakub Hrůša. The set of orchestral works is rounded off by recordings of concertos, ranging from the virtually unknown Cello Concerto in A major, written by the young Dvořák, to the most frequently performed, the Cello Concerto in B minor. Supraphon has again carefully put together top-quality and time-honoured recordings of works performed by world-renowned soloists.

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Chopin: Scherzi, Etudes, Mazurkas

Chopin: Scherzi, Etudes, Mazurkas


Chopin:

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor

Étude Op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major 'Aeolian Harp'

Mazurka No. 27 in E minor, Op. 41 No. 2

Mazurka No. 49 in F minor, Op. 68 No. 4

Mazurka No. 9 in C major, Op. 7 No. 5

Mazurka No. 34 in C major, Op. 56 No. 2


Ivan Moravec (piano)

There are treasures tangible and glittering, and there are gems concealed, only revealing themselves to the serene and seeking. The world-famous Czech pianist Ivan Moravec is among the latter – and the same can be said of his recordings.

He doesn’t need to set out to shock and purposefully set himself apart. The seeming matter-of-factness with which Moravec performs Chopin led a Gramophone (II/1992) reviewer to speculate that this is perhaps how the composer’s piano improvisation might have sounded. Each tone in its dynamism, each fine accent is well considered and has its place amid the whole. Moravec masterfully balances free agogics with a sense for the overall structure.

Chopin’s genius stands out most expressively in tiny compositions – and it is in these that Ivan Moravec’s mastery is the most distinct; it is not by chance that he has the reputation of being one of the greatest living interpreters of Chopin’s works. Bearing witness to this are enthusiastic reviews of the first release of the presented recording (1991, Dorian). Now Supraphon – to the delight of all Chopin lovers and Ivan Moravec fans – is bringing this remarkable album back to life.

“Individual without being idiosyncractic, Moravec's Chopin is all-embracing, capturing in equal measure the elegance, the brilliance and the profound psychological complexity of a tormented genius.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2011 *****

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Ivan Moravec - Live in Brussels

Ivan Moravec - Live in Brussels


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale'

Brahms:

Intermezzo in A minor, Op. 118 No. 1

Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76 No. 2

Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118 No. 2

Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79 No. 2

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 9 in B major, Op. 32 No. 1

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20


Ivan Moravec (piano)

Over two evenings in 1983 (4 February and 7 November) in the concert hall of Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, the world-famous pianist Ivan Moravec spellbound the audience with his majestic performance. This master of the piano’s precision marries cultivated tone and widely differentiated articulation, augmented by deep musical élan.

Each tone has absolute logic within the order of the composition he interprets, be it Beethoven’s expansive Sonata in D major, “Pastoral”, or the seemingly smaller pieces by Brahms and Chopin. And it is precisely in the latter that Ivan Moravec excels as a master of tiny area, which he wondrously chases in stylistic terms and renders ebulliently.

The live recording breathes in the airy atmosphere of the concert hall, one that can hardly be evoked in studio albums. The recording clearly shows that the world of Beethoven’s, Chopin’s and Brahms’s piano works is close to the essence of Moravec’s being.

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Dvorak - Concertos

Dvorak - Concertos

The Best of Czech Classics


Dvorak:

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

Cello Concerto in A major, B10

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Mazurek for violin and orchestra, Op. 49 (B89)

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104


Josef Suk (violin), Václav Hudecek (violin), Ivan Moravec (piano) & Miloš Sádlo (cello)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek & Václav Neumann

You would be hard pressed indeed to find a great cellist who didn’t have Dvorák’s Concerto in B minor in his repertoire. There are dozens of recordings of various interpretations of the piano and violin concertos, which are among the very finest that have ever been written for these instruments.

This collection, intended for Dvorák devotees, also contains the lesser-known Cello Concerto in A major in orchestral instrumentation, originally composed with piano accompaniment. The smaller mood pieces for violin (Mazurek, Romance), cello (Rondo, Silent Woods) and orchestra supplementing this collection are a certain antipode to the large concertos.

If there can be said to be a “Dvorák” interpretative tradition, then the soloists on this CD, headed by the violinist Josef Suk (by the way, the composer’s great-grandson) and the pianist Ivan Moravec, are undoubtedly its standard-bearers.

And would it be possible to name an orchestra more deeply rooted in the Dvorák tradition than the Czech Philharmonic (conducted at one time by Dvorák himself)?

This CD presents Dvorák’s complete concertante oeuvre performed by those with a true calling.

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Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

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Mozart - Piano Concertos

Mozart - Piano Concertos


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major, K449

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503


Ivan Moravec (piano)

Czech Chamber Orchestra, Vaclav Neumann

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Ivan Moravec Piano Recital

Ivan Moravec Piano Recital


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique'

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

Variations (32) on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80

Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Mazurkas (selection)

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 2: No. 12, Feux d’artifice

Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

Préludes - Book 1: No. 5, Les collines d'Anacapri

Préludes - Book 1: No. 4, Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir

Préludes - Book 2: No. 7, La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune

Pour le piano

Franck, C:

Prélude, Choral et Fugue, M21

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K333

Fantasia in C minor, K475

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457

Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K570

Ravel:

Sonatine


Ivan Moravec (piano)

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