Moriz Rosenthal  (Biddulph LHW 040)
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Moriz Rosenthal  (Biddulph LHW 040)
P0058. MORIZ ROSENTHAL: Concerto #1 in e (w.Weissmann Cond. Berlin Staatsoper Orch.) & Concerto #1 in e – Romanze (w.Frank Black Cond. NBC S.O.). (England) Biddulph LHW 040, recorded 1929-31, incl. Magic Key Hour Live Broadcast celebrating Rosenthal’s 75th Birthday. Transfers by Ward Marston. Long out-of-print, Final copy! - 744718204021


“To be sure, Rosenthal had a reputation as an intellect and was not the less intimidating for his command of wit and mustache wax. But his way with music was — dare one say it? — vastly amusing. One can, and perhaps should, fret learnedly over what the pianist acquired from Chopin and Liszt, but the chief thing is Rosenthal himself. Imagine his first barn-storming tour of America in 1888 when he gave over a hundred concerts to trans-Atlantic rubes and rustics! No snobbery there; this was a man of capable of pleasing all manner of audiences in all kinds of places. In the palmy days of the 19th Century piano virtuoso there was less separation between highbrow and popular music than would be the case after classical music became ‘classical’. Rosenthal’s virtuosity was of that older, less innocent school; he does things with waltzes and mazurkas that might bring blushes to a sailor. Jaw-dropping improvisational things. It is all quite authentic: such outrageousness once won Rosenthal the approval of Brahms and Liszt. As heard on records, the by-then-elderly pianist’s inventiveness and displays of shameless virtuosity are of a kind to send erotic shivers down an antiquary’s spine. But there is more here than the mere shock of authenticity—Rosenthal’s playing transcends circumstances and a listener’s knowledge of history. Uncork this unassuming bottle and its concealed genie will sweep you away on golden wings of imagination.”

- David Radcliffe, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/Aug., 2012

"Moriz Rosenthal is one of those celebrated pianists of the past who, it seems, is better known today by reputation than by his actual recordings. In his lifetime, the Liszt pupil was renowned as an intelligent, highly cultured and erudite musician with a devastatingly malicious wit…. Chauvinists will want both [of the above] discs, and anyone buying these recordings cannot fail to be impressed by Moriz Rosenthal’s supremely magisterial performances, their tonal sensitivity and nuanced elegance taking us back to a bygone era of great pianism.”

- Lawrence A. Johnson, FANFARE, Nov./Dec., 1999