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    Ignacy Paderewski said: "After Chopin, Moszkowski best understands how to write for the piano, and his writing embraces the whole gamut of piano technique." Although less known today, Moszkowski was well respected and popular during the late nineteenth century.

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    A brilliant piano composer, one of the first concertos i ever listened to was his in E flat major, and I was completely blown away! Such prose and beauty, requires intense focus and passion to perform.



    Another great concerto for violin:




    I'd like to keep exploring this lesser known composer. Like for instance, what is with that mustache!
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    I've posted this a few times on the forum but it deserves mention again: his long lost Piano Concerto (no. 1), Op. 3 is great as well and there's a recording available.

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    Learning each day something new on this site, thank you for posting this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
    I've posted this a few times on the forum but it deserves mention again: his long lost Piano Concerto (no. 1), Op. 3 is great as well and there's a recording available.


    If anybody could source the performer and director for this recording, I would be very grateful! Thanks to DeepR for mentioning it.


    Found some more repertoire.


    Today, Moszkowski is best remembered for a few delightful piano pieces -- the Etudes, Opu, 72, Etineelles (Sparks), Opus 36, No. 6, popularised by Hofmann and Horowitz, and his Spanish Dances, Opus 12, for piano duet. Yet he composed operas, ballets, orchestral suites, songs, concertos, and chamber music, almost all of which remain forgotten. No proper re-assessment of Moszkowski's compositions has taken place nor has anyone written a biography of this once influential teacher, pianist and composer. Most writers on music, indeed, continue to repeat the pejorative term "salon composer" when commenting on his work, an unfortunate state of affairs. Much of Moszkowski's music is written for the piano. These works are generally miniatures, always well-crafted and always very pianistic. His early song cycles show an affinity for the voice and are written in a powerful style that suggests the language of Brahms. The orchestral suites show him to be a brilliant orchestrator, with a strong grasp of polyphony. The operas and ballets show a keen understanding of theatrical music and have been performed allover the world, while the piano and violin concertos are brilliant showpieces, full of delightful melodies. Yet, despite all this musical evidence, Moszkowski is not accorded much attention and is often considered little more than a footnote in musical history.

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    Here's a decent recording of Kalaeidoscope:



    Additionally, if someone could link me to where I can purchase Op. 74, I would be very grateful. I'd like to upload it to youtube since there isn't one already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Macduff View Post


    If anybody could source the performer and director for this recording, I would be very grateful! Thanks to DeepR for mentioning it.


    Found some more repertoire.


    Today, Moszkowski is best remembered for a few delightful piano pieces -- the Etudes, Opu, 72, Etineelles (Sparks), Opus 36, No. 6, popularised by Hofmann and Horowitz, and his Spanish Dances, Opus 12, for piano duet. Yet he composed operas, ballets, orchestral suites, songs, concertos, and chamber music, almost all of which remain forgotten. No proper re-assessment of Moszkowski's compositions has taken place nor has anyone written a biography of this once influential teacher, pianist and composer. Most writers on music, indeed, continue to repeat the pejorative term "salon composer" when commenting on his work, an unfortunate state of affairs. Much of Moszkowski's music is written for the piano. These works are generally miniatures, always well-crafted and always very pianistic. His early song cycles show an affinity for the voice and are written in a powerful style that suggests the language of Brahms. The orchestral suites show him to be a brilliant orchestrator, with a strong grasp of polyphony. The operas and ballets show a keen understanding of theatrical music and have been performed allover the world, while the piano and violin concertos are brilliant showpieces, full of delightful melodies. Yet, despite all this musical evidence, Moszkowski is not accorded much attention and is often considered little more than a footnote in musical history.

    ^^^^^ Pulled from youtube

    Here's a decent recording of Kalaeidoscope:



    Additionally, if someone could link me to where I can purchase Op. 74, I would be very grateful. I'd like to upload it to youtube since there isn't one already.

    Look at this:

    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/adv...ll&label=&cat=
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Much obliged!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Macduff View Post
    If anybody could source the performer and director for this recording, I would be very grateful!
    http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68109

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    Very, very beautiful romantic moment in the adagio from Op. 3, at 18:45 - 20:18
    Last edited by DeepR; Apr-19-2017 at 21:45.

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    No opus 74 though.
    Nice anyway.
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    Moritz Mozkowski's transcription for Isolde's Liebestod is IMO ways better than the more frequently performed Liszt'version.


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    More Mozkowski:





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    I love his piano concerto:


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