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Benno Moiseiwitsch (1890-1963) - Live from the Proms, Sept. 1955 & Abbey Road Studios, Aug. 1995

Benno Moiseiwitsch (1890-1963) - Live from the Proms, Sept. 1955 & Abbey Road Studios, Aug. 1995

Item No. GHCD 2326

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Release Date: 01.06.2007

Benno Moiseiwitsch was one of the most popular and best-loved of all concert pianists of his generation. Born in and trained in Russia and in Vienna, he made his home in London during World War I, dying there at the age of 73 in 1963. He had a wide repertoire, and was particularly noted for his interpretations of the music of his close friend, Serge Rachmaninoff, as well as championing much music by British composers. This very important issue contains three performances from 1955. Many admirers of the music of Delius consider this to be the finest performance of his Piano Concerto in C minor, recorded at the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts in 1955, and conducted by Moiseiwitsch’s long-term musical companion Sir Malcolm Sargent - a reading of considerable insight and sensitivity.  Also on the disc are Moiseiwitsch in two of Rachmaninoff’s most popular works for piano and orchestra - the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, also from that year’s Proms season, and similarly conducted by Sargent, and the Second Piano Concerto, the HMV Studio recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Hugo Rignold, taped a month earlier.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C minor Frederick Delius (1862-1934) BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent - Conductor, Benno Moiseiwitsch - Piano 18:42
02 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Introduction – Variation I – Theme – Variation II to XXIV Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent - Conductor, Benno Moiseiwitsch - Piano 21:38
03 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 - I. Moderato Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Philharmonia Orchestra, Hugo Rignold - Conductor, Benno Moiseiwitsch - Piano 10:18
04 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 - II. Adagio sostenuto Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Philharmonia Orchestra, Hugo Rignold - Conductor, Benno Moiseiwitsch - Piano 11:04
05 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 - III. Allegro scherzando Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Philharmonia Orchestra, Hugo Rignold - Conductor, Benno Moiseiwitsch - Piano 11:34
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