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Voyageurs / Barbara Moser

Moser,Barbara
Release Date: 11/10/2009 
Label:  Gramola   Catalog #: 98820   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz LisztFranz SchubertEdvard GriegCarl Maria von Weber,   ... 
Performer:  Barbara Moser
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 26 , “Les Adieux.” SCHUBERT Fantasy in C , D 760, “Wanderer.” SCHUBERT-LISZT Der Wanderer; Die Post; Der Leiermann—Täuschung; Gute Nacht; Der stürmische Morgen—Im Dorfe. LISZT Aux Cyprès de la Villa d’Este; Les Jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este; Rigoletto Paraphrase. GRIEG March of the Dwarves Read more class="ARIAL12">, op 54/3. WEBER Invitation to the Dance Barbara Moser (pn) GRAMOLA 98820 (2 CDs: 87:29)


This is a live recording of a recital presented by the interesting and gifted Austrian pianist Barbara Moser in June 2008 in the Brahms Saal of the Vienna Musikverein. Her intelligent program is built around the thematic concept “Voyagers,” and includes, along with the more obvious choices of Beethoven’s “Les Adieux” Sonata and the Schubert “Wanderer” Fantasy (prefaced by Liszt’s transcription of the song Der Wanderer, from which the Fantasy derives its name), six seldom encountered Schubert-Liszt songs from Winterreise , and two pieces from Liszt’s third book of Années de pèlerinage . The Grieg and Weber pieces as well as the Rigoletto Paraphrase on the second disc are encores.


Technically prodigious, Moser tosses off the treacherous left-hand octaves near the end of the first movement of the “Wanderer” Fantasy and negotiates the fugal finale as though they were her daily warm-up. Yet there is nothing facile in her approach; the slow movements of both the Beethoven Sonata and the Schubert Fantasy achieve a genuine rhetorical eloquence. The fact that Moser devotes considerable career energies to collaborations with singers stands her in good stead with the Schubert-Liszt songs. The sonorous topography of each song is exquisitely proportionate and each evokes its own self-contained expressive world. This feeling for the singing line, which seems second nature in Moser’s playing, also informs the Rigoletto Paraphrase, lending it a freshness of utterance that often eludes other pianists. However, it is in the two pieces from the third Années that Moser is most impressive. Rarely have the austere and bereft beauties of Liszt’s cypresses at the Villa d’Este been more atmospherically delineated; one can almost hear the mournful wind through their branches. And while many pianists are content to savor the shimmering surfaces of Les Jeux d’eaux , Moser plumbs the mystical depths of this Impressionist masterpiece. At the point in the score where Liszt famously inscribed the words from the fourth chapter of St. John, “The water that I will give them will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life,” Moser creates a textural clarity suggestive of the most sublime simplicity. Nowadays, when perhaps more pianists than ever before are exploring Liszt’s vast output with sympathy and understanding, Moser may well be considered a Liszt player of distinction and insight.


My sole reservation of these beautifully conceived and probative performances is Moser’s penchant for extremely fast allegros. She certainly has the technical wherewithal to pull off any speed she chooses without loss of clarity. However, in the Weber Invitation, for instance, while the headlong pace is undeniably exhilarating, it sacrifices a great deal of the work’s charm in the bargain. But this is a quibble in the face of so much original and satisfying music-making. Despite her already demonstrable achievements, Barbara Moser is one of those artists whose future growth and development one can’t help but eagerly anticipate. Warmly recommended.


FANFARE: Patrick Rucker
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Wanderer (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 11 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Barbara Moser (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
Date of Recording: 06/11/2008 
Venue:  Wien, Musikverein, Brahms-Saal 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Barbara Moser (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/11/2008 
Venue:  Wien, Musikverein, Brahms-Saal 
Length: 18 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Winterreise (Schubert) for Piano, S 561: no 4, Die Post by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Barbara Moser (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 06/11/2008 
Venue:  Wien, Musikverein, Brahms-Saal 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Winterreise (Schubert) for Piano, S 561: no 8, Der Leiermann by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Barbara Moser (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 06/11/2008 
Venue:  Wien, Musikverein, Brahms-Saal 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Winterreise (Schubert) for Piano, S 561: no 1, Gute Nacht by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Barbara Moser (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 06/11/2008 
Venue:  Wien, Musikverein, Brahms-Saal 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
Winterreise (Schubert) for Piano, S 561: no 11, Der stürmische Morgen by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Barbara Moser (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 06/11/2008 
Venue:  Wien, Musikverein, Brahms-Saal 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163: no 3, Aux cyprès de la Villa d'Este II by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Barbara Moser (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/11/2008 
Venue:  Wien, Musikverein, Brahms-Saal 
Length: 9 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8.
Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163: no 4, Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Barbara Moser (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/11/2008 
Venue:  Wien, Musikverein, Brahms-Saal 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
9.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 3, Troll's March by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Barbara Moser (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/11/2008 
Venue:  Wien, Musikverein, Brahms-Saal 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Invitation to the Dance, in D flat major J 260/Op. 65 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Barbara Moser (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/11/2008 
Venue:  Wien, Musikverein, Brahms-Saal 
Length: 7 Minutes 29 Secs. 
11.
Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Barbara Moser (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/11/2008 
Venue:  Wien, Musikverein, Brahms-Saal 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Barbara Moser (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/11/2008 
Venue:  Wien, Musikverein, Brahms-Saal 
Length: 15 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio - Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": II. Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": III. Das Wiedersehn: Vivacissimamente
12 Lieder von Schubert, S558/R243: No. 11. Der Wanderer
Fantasy in C major, Op. 15, D. 760, "Wandererfantasie": I. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
Fantasy in C major, Op. 15, D. 760, "Wandererfantasie": II. Adagio
Fantasy in C major, Op. 15, D. 760, "Wandererfantasie": III. Presto
Fantasy in C major, Op. 15, D. 760, "Wandererfantasie": IV. Allegro
Schubert - Winterreise, S561/R246: No. 8. Die Post
Schubert - Winterreise, S561/R246: No. 24. Der Leiermann
Schubert - Winterreise, S561/R246: No. 1. Gute Nacht
Schubert - Winterreise, S561/R246: No. 11. Der sturmische Morgen
Annees de pelerinage, 3rd year, S163/R10: No. 3. Aux cypres de la Villa d'Este II (To the Cypresses of the Villa d'Este II: Threnody)
Annees de pelerinage, 3rd year, S163/R10: No. 4. Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este (The Fountains of the Villa d'Este)
Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54: No. 3. March of the Dwarfs
Aufforderung zum Tanze (Invitation to the Dance), Op. 65, J. 260
Verdi - Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert, S434/R267

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