Benno Moiseiwitsch   (Naxos 8.111115)
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Benno Moiseiwitsch   (Naxos 8.111115)
P0429. BENNO MOISÉIWITSCH: Andante favori in F, Op.35; Rondo in C, Op.51, #1; Pathétique Sonata #8 in c; Moonlight Sonata #14 in c-sharp; Waldstein Sonata #21 in C (all Beethoven); Pastorale and Capriccio (Scarlatti-Tausig); Sonata #1 in C – Perpetuum mobile (Weber). (E.U.) Naxos 8.111115, recorded 1927, 1941-42 & 1950. Transfers by Ward Marston. Final Copy! - 747313311521


“Moiséiwitsch was a virtuoso in the most aristocratic sense….this issue is another indelible reminder of a sadly far gone age.”

- Bryce Morrison, GRAMOPHONE, Awards Issue, 2006

“[Moiséiwitsch] stands grander, traditional virtues on their head, replacing thunder and solidity with aristocratic rhetoric. Few pianists have responded to terms such as leggierement with a more winning charm. …nothing can dim the lustre of either performance. We can only beg Naxos for more Moiséiwitsch, especially in Beethoven and Chopin.”

- GRAMOPHONE, January 2005

“Though regarded as one of the most perceptive Chopin interpreters of his generation, Benno Moiséiwitsch, was somewhat choosy in the works that he included in his repertoire. Born in Russia in 1890, winner of the prestigious Anton Rubinstein prize at the age of nine, he was eighteen when he made his UK début. It was a country he made his home in his later life, and with a dearth of pianist talent in his adopted home, he became regarded as the country’s finest virtuoso. Unlike many other celebrated Chopin pianists, of which Cortot was the best known, Moiséiwitsch took a quite literal view, particularly in questions of dynamics, his only substantial deviation coming in a slowing at the end of decorative filigree passages.”

- David Denton