Benno Moiseiwitsch

Biography

Born: February 22, 1890   Died: April 9, 1963; London, England  
Benno Moiseiwitsch was the leading late-Romantic Russian pianist based in London during the years after the Russian Revolution.

He was precociously talented, evidenced by his winning the Anton Rubinstein Prize when he was nine years old, after having studied with Dmitry Klimov at the Music Academy in Odessa. At the age of 14 he went to Vienna to study with Leschetizky. Meanwhile, his family emigrated to England, so when he made his debut
Read more as a mature artist it was in Reading (1908), followed by an appearance in London in 1910.

His first American appearance was after World War I, in 1919. He achieved an important international concert career, touring extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, East Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Pacific islands.

He adopted a similar stage appearance to that of his friend Sergei Rachmaninov and his fellow Odessan Jascha Heifetz: an undemonstrative, reserved, even cold demeanor. Critics found the same qualities in his playing, yet recordings suggest passionate interpretations, particularly of late-Romantic and Russian music. He frequently played Rachmaninov, with the composer often remarking that Moiseiwitsch played his music better than he did. Moiseiwitsch was one of the new champions of the composer Medtner outside Russia.

Although his repertory centered on the Romantic era (his Classical era repertory was almost invariable made up of Romantic transcriptions), he did premiere several pieces by contemporaries, including Francis Poulenc. He became a British subject in 1937. Read less

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Born: February 22, 1890   Died: April 9, 1963; London, England  
Benno Moiseiwitsch was the leading late-Romantic Russian pianist based in London during the years after the Russian Revolution.

He was precociously talented, evidenced by his winning the Anton Rubinstein Prize when he was nine years old, after having studied with Dmitry Klimov at the Music Academy in Odessa. At the age of 14 he went to Vienna to study with Leschetizky. Meanwhile, his family emigrated to England, so when he made his debut
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Adagio sostenuto
2. Allegretto
3. Presto agitato
1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro)
2. Abwesenheit (Andante espressivo)
3. Das Wiedersehen (Vivacissimamente)
1. Préambule
2. Pierrot
3. Arlequin
4. Valse noble
5. Eusebius
6. Florestan
7. Coquette
8a. Réplique
9. Papillons
10. A.S.C.H.-S.C.H.A. (Lettres dansantes)
11. Chiarina
12. Chopin
13. Estrella
14. Reconnaissance
15. Pantalon et Colombine
16a. Valse Allemande
16b. Intermezzo: Paganini
17. Aveu
18. Promenade
19. Pause
20. Marche des "Davidsbündler" contre les Philistins
1. Äusserst bewegt
2. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch - Intermezzo I (Sehr lebhaft) - Tempo I - Intermezzo II (Etwas bewegter) - Tempo I
3. Sehr aufgeregt
4. Sehr langsam
5. Sehr lebhaft
6. Sehr langsam
7. Sehr rasch
8. Schnell und spielend
1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
2. Kuriose Geschichte
3. Hasche-Mann
4. Bittendes Kind
5. Glückes genug
6. Wichtige Begebenheit
7. Träumerei
8. Am Kamin
9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
10. Fast zu ernst
11. Fürchtenmachen
12. Kind im Einschlummern
13. Der Dichter spricht
Promenade
Gnomus
Promenade
Il vecchio castello
Promenade
Tuileries
Bydlo
Promenade
Ballet of the unhatted chicks
Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
The market-place at Limoges
Catacombae
Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
The hut on chicken's legs
The Bogatyr Gate at Kiev
1. Adagio sostenuto
2. Allegretto
3. Presto agitato
1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro)
2. Abwesenheit (Andante espressivo)
3. Das Wiedersehen (Vivacissimamente)
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major Op. 47 'Kreutzer' (1993 Remastered Version): I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major Op. 47 'Kreutzer' (1993 Remastered Version): II. Andante con variazioni 1-4
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major Op. 47 'Kreutzer' (1993 Remastered Version): III. Finale (Presto)


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