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Moszkowski: Works for Violin and Piano

Moszkowski / Rashidova / Grimwood
Release Date: 12/11/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573410   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Daniel GrimwoodNazrin Rashidova
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Moritz Moszkowski enjoyed a considerable international reputation as a composer and pianist, and was feted as the natural successor to Chopin. It is a mark of his music's success that it was arranged for countless ensembles and solo instruments. French violinist Emile Sauret transformed the popular Spanish Dances into virtuoso showpieces filled with all manner of impressive elaborations, Jascha Heifetz similarly turning Etincelles or "Sparks" into something brilliantly light and twinkling. The interaction of two violins makes the Suite highly dramatic, contrasting with the fine lyrical melody of Moszkowski's Serenata. Moritz Moszkowski enjoyed a considerable international reputation as a composer and pianist, and was feted as the natural successor to Chopin. It is a mark of his music's success that it was arranged for countless ensembles and solo instruments. French violinist Emile Sauret transformed the popular Spanish Dances into virtuoso showpieces filled with all manner of impressive elaborations, Jascha Heifetz similarly turning Etincelles or "Sparks" into something brilliantly light and twinkling. The interaction of two violins makes the Suite highly dramatic, contrasting with the fine lyrical melody of Moszkowski's Serenata. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Spanish Dances (5) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 12 by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Nazrin Rashidova (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Morceaux (4) for violin & piano, Op. 82 by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Nazrin Rashidova (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909 
Length: 17 Minutes 48 Secs. 
3.
Konzertstücke (2), for violin & piano, Op. 16 by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Nazrin Rashidova (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
Length: 19 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Suite for 2 Violins and Piano in G minor, Op. 71 by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Nazrin Rashidova (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Allegro scherzando, for piano, Op. 20 by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Nazrin Rashidova (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
6.
Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 45: no 2, Guitarre by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Nazrin Rashidova (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7.
Serenata (Liebe kleine Nachtigall), song for voice & piano (after the Serenada, Op. 15/1) by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Nazrin Rashidova (Violin), Daniel Grimwood (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Superb! January 11, 2017 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "What an enjoyable recording this is!! Polish composer Moritz Moszkowski's music, much of it written for piano and subsequently arranged for varying combinations of instruments, is here given a brilliant performance by violinist Nazrin Rashidova and pianist Daniel Grimwood. Four of the seven works contained on this Naxos recording are complete compositions, while the remaining three are small sections from larger works. The program leads off with an arrangement of one of Moszkowski's most well-known compositions, his Five Spanish Dances. This is sometimes considered to be Moszkowski's signature work, and its orchestrated version is something I urge all Arkivmusic patrons to seek out and hear- it's really excellent, as is this arrangement for piano and violin. The Five Spanish Dances set the stage for the upbeat, lyrical nature of the entire program, which maintains its strong appeal throughout. Moszkowski's Suite for 2 Violins, Op. 71, is presented here in what sounds like two violin tracks from Nazrin Rashidovaa overlaid on top of each other along with the piano accompaniment. I note this because no other violinist is mentioned, and there are clearly 2 violins at work here. Is this a somewhat artificial technical ploy, rather than having 2 individual violinists? Possibly, but any presumed artificiality can readily be dismissed as nitpicking- the results are just fine, and that's really all that matters. In short, these two British musicians give a very sharp performance of music that is simply wonderful to hear. Chamber music fans need not hesitate on this one. Strong recommendation!" Report Abuse
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