P0152. BENNO MOISÉIWITSCH: Andante in F; BENNO MOISÉIWITSCH & JASCHA HEIFETZ: Kreutzer Sonata #9 in A (previously Unpublished); w.Sargent Cond. Philharmonia Orch.: Concerto #3 in c (all Beethoven). (England) Appian APR 5610, recorded 1949-50. Transfers by Bryan Crimp. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 5024709156108
"I had no idea that Heifetz and Moiseiwitsch recorded the Kreutzer Sonata in 1949 two years before their famous commercially released collaboration. Bryan Crimp’s notes relate that the violinist was dissatisfied with the balance in the earlier attempt and consequently the recording remained unissued. The transfer uses Moiseiwitsch’s own surviving set of test pressings. June 1949 was a busy time for Heifetz. He made a European tour during which he recorded the Elgar Concerto on the 6th June and a week later he returned to the Abbey Road studios to make the recording which APR have now unearthed.
Bryan Crimp notes that the surviving test pressings of the Kreutzer were in somewhat battered condition. In which case he has effected a marvel of transfer because apart from one side join and a few clicks it is a more than pleasurable experience to listen to this previously unissued performance. His notes are judicious and analytical. A very strong recommendation."
- Jonathan Woolf, musicweb-international.com
"The Beethoven c minor Concerto had a brief life in the US as a Bluebird LP; it then appeared on CD through the auspices of the International Piano Library, which coupled it with the Schumann Fantasy. Moiseiwitsch and Sargent are kindred spirits (as well as piano teacher and pupil), and the account is entirely happy, fleet and dramatically poised. The most unusual feature is the first movement cadenza by Carl Reinecke, which applies the opening motif’s rhythmic configuration for its own impetus. The Andante Favori, the slow movement discarded from the Op. 53 Waldstein Sonata, remained a Moiseiwitsch trademark. His affection for this plaintive piece is evident in every rendition he made (there are three), and it points to the sensitive control he had of dynamics and harmonic phrasing."
--Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition, Oct., 2002
"As long as pianos are heard, a select few names of the instrument’s greatest exponents will inevitably come to people’s lips. One of those will be the magnificent Moiséiwitsch, a veritable prince among pianists….Appian’s remastered sound is exceptional….As usual with Appian releases, the booklet is exemplary, with informative notes, and all recordings carefully documented. Do not miss this unusual release.”
- David Mulbury, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July /Aug., 2003