Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925)

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Donald Macleod investigates just how famous Moszkowski was.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Moritz Moszkowski.

Donald investigates just how famous Moszkowski was: in 1925, the pianist Francesco Berger wrote: 'Moszkowski dead! So painful an announcement has not stricken the entire musical world since the deaths of Chopin, Rubinstein, and Liszt'. Despite earning fame as a pianist, Moszkowski also said wittily: 'can play billiards, chess, dominoes and violin'.

Etincelles, Op 36 No 6

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

RCA 74321 63471 2, CD1 Tr 8

Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op 6

Seta Tanyel (piano)

Helios CDH55142 Tr 9

Ballade in G minor, Op 16 No 1

Tasmin Little (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Hyperion CDA67389 Tr 4

Serenata, Op 15 No 1

Ignaz Friedman (piano)

Naxos 8.110684 Tr 16

John McCormack (tenor)

Fritz Kreisler (violin)

Untitled Orchestra

Walter B Rogers (conductor)

EMI 764929, CD2 Tr 5

Spanish Dances - Book 1, Op 12

London Symphony Orchestra

Ataulfo Argenta (conductor)

Decca 475 7747, CD1 Trs 8-12

Caprice Espagnole, Op 37

Stephen Hough (piano)

Virgin VC 7 90732-2 Tr 20.

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Donald Macleod explores Moszkowski's demanding Violin Concerto in C.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Moritz Moszkowski.

Despite earning fame as an exceptional virtuoso pianist, Moszkowski also said wittily: 'I can play billiards, chess, dominoes and violin'. Donald examines his Violin Concerto, a full-blooded romantic work that makes great demands of the soloist.

Tarantella, Op 27, No 2

Seta Tanyel (piano)

Collins 14122 Tr 16

Waltz in E, Op 34, No 1

Eileen Joyce (piano)

Testament SBT 1174 Tr 17

Violin Concerto in C, Op 30

Thomas Christian (violin)

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

Christian Simonis (conductor)

Koch Schwann 3-1367-2 Trs 4-6

Guitarre, Op 45, No 2

Jascha Heifetz (violin)

Arpad Sandor (piano)

EMI 7649292 CD2 Tr 10.

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Donald Macleod focuses on two of Moskowski's most celebrated piano pieces.

Donald Macleod concludes his exploration of the life and work of Moritz Moszkowski.

He focuses on two of Moszkowski's most celebrated piano pieces - the devilishly difficult Etudes de virtuosite and the nowadays neglected Piano Concerto in E.

Just as the popularity of his music faded quickly, so too did his life end tragically, the composer facing his final days penniless and alone.

Etude de virtuosite, Op 72 No 6 (arr.

Marcel Moyse)

Ornulf Gulbransen (flute)

Johan Oian (piano)

PSC 1806 Tr 19

Grande valse de concert, Op 88

Seta Tanyel (piano)

Helios CHD55142 Tr 8

Piano Concerto in E, Op 59

Piers Lane (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Jerzy Maksymiuk (conductor)

Hyperion CDA66452 Trs 5-7

Etude de virtuosite in A flat minor, Op 72 No 13

Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)

Hyperion CDA67275 Tr 10

Etude de virtuosite, Op 72 No 6

Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

DG 471 157-2.