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Ivan Moravec Plays Beethoven


Release Date: 09/06/1994 
Label:  Vai Audio   Catalog #: 1021   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ivan Moravec
Conductor:  Martin Turnovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Musikgesellschaft Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Ivan Moravec recorded Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto twice. This first version, accompanied by the soloist’s brother-in-law Martin Turnovsky in 1963, in demonstration-quality sound, is one of the finest you’ll ever hear. As you might expect from this artist, Moravec’s tone and touch are gorgeousness incarnate. The first movement is a miracle of elegance and grace, the slow movement sublime. But the finale reveals that the pianist has plenty of fire in his belly as well, though he expresses it with a range of dynamic contrasts that never compromises the beauty of his timbre (first sound clip). The Orchestra of the Vienna Musikverein, a “pick-up” ensemble, plays like the Vienna Philharmonic, and might
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Beethoven’s 27th Piano Sonata and the C minor Variations are no mere makeweights. The same sterling pianism is everywhere on display, particularly in the finale of the sonata, where Moravec presents the principal theme with a subtlety of nuance and evenness of sonority that are truly special, and which define the term “cantabile” (or “singbar,” as Beethoven has it). Recorded in 1966, once again the engineering is outstandingly faithful to Moravec’s instrument. There aren’t many Moravec recordings, and they are spread out over a wide range of labels. His repertoire is limited and he is tremendously self-critical. Yet he’s unquestionably one of the greats, and this is one of his finest discs.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Conductor:  Martin Turnovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Musikgesellschaft Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1963 
Venue:  Grosse Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 32 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Length: 13 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3. Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Length: 9 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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