Great Pianists - Moiseiwitsch 12

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Great Pianists - Moiseiwitsch 12

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8111118
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1

Release date:

28th April 2008

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0747313311828

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71 minutes

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Great Pianists - Moiseiwitsch 12

Chopin Recordings Volume 2 (1938-1952)


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Recorded 29th-30th December 1948, and 20th September 1949

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Recorded 23rd September 1938 and 17th March 1939

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Recorded 22nd August 1947

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Recorded 23rd September 1938 and 17th March 1939

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Recorded 22nd August 1947

Impromptu No. 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 66 'Fantaisie-Impromptu'

Recorded 11th January 1952


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This second volume of Moiseiwitsch’s Chopin recordings focuses on the complete Préludes, Op. 28, which the great pianist had attempted to record, unsuccessfully, with the acoustic process, and the Four Ballades. The recording of the complete Préludes is one of the most satisfactory on disc, as Moiseiwitsch captures perfectly the mood of each of these miniature masterpieces. The slower preludes in particular show Moiseiwitsch’s understanding of musical phrasing linked to harmonic progressions. The recording of the Ballade No. 4, his only 78rpm recording of the work, derives from a test pressing. All tracks were recorded in Studio 3, Abbey Road, London

Fryderyk Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28

Prelude No. 1 in C major, Op. 28, No. 1

Prelude No. 2 in A minor, Op. 28, No. 2

Prelude No. 3 in G major, Op. 28, No. 3

Prelude No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4

Prelude No. 5 in D major, Op. 28, No. 5

Prelude No. 6 in B minor, Op. 28, No. 6

Prelude No. 7 in A major, Op. 28, No. 7

Prelude No. 8 in F sharp minor, Op. 28, No. 8

Prelude No. 9 in E major, Op. 28, No. 9

Prelude No. 10 in C sharp minor, Op. 28, No. 10

Prelude No. 11 in B major, Op. 28, No. 11

Prelude No. 12 in G sharp minor, Op. 28, No. 12

Prelude No. 13 in F sharp major, Op. 28, No. 13

Prelude No. 14 in E flat minor, Op. 28, No. 14

Prelude No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28, No. 15, "Raindrop"

Prelude No. 16 in B flat minor, Op. 28, No. 16

Prelude No. 17 in A flat major, Op. 28, No. 17

Prelude No. 18 in F minor, Op. 28, No. 18

Prelude No. 19 in E flat major, Op. 28, No. 19

Prelude No. 20 in C minor, Op. 28, No. 20

Prelude No. 21 in B flat major, Op. 28, No. 21

Prelude No. 22 in G minor, Op. 28, No. 22

Prelude No. 23 in F major, Op. 18, No. 23

Prelude No. 24 in D minor, Op. 28, No. 24

Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Fryderyk Chopin: Fantasy-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op. 66

Fantasy-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op. 66

BBC Music Magazine

October 2008

*****

“Taken from 78s, the restored sound captures Moiseiwitsch's wonderful light and shade, alchemical pedalling, searching poetry, and vast technique. The 24 Preludes are exceptional.”

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