P0989. BENNO MOISÉIWITSCH: Rachmaninoff, Medtner, Prokofiev & Khatachurian; w.Goehr Cond.London Phil.: Concerto #2 in c (Rachmaninoff). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-086, recorded 1928-44. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“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
“Each of these disks, from Canadian engineer Yves St Laurent… [feature] St Laurent's natural transfer – made without filtering, like all his dubbings – it is easy to listen to, despite the surface noise.”
- Tully Potter, CLASSICAL RECORD QUARTERLY, Summer, 2011