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Ivan Moravec Plays Chopin And Debussy


Release Date: 08/22/1994 
Label:  Vox Box Catalog #: 5103   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinClaude Debussy
Performer:  Ivan Moravec
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Recorded in 1982/83, Ivan Moravec's Debussy and Chopin recitals for Vox count among the most attractively engineered piano recordings from the early days of digital. Max Wilcox's engineering does full justice to Moravec's luminescent tone and ultra-discreet mastery of the sustain pedal. The runs and arpeggios in Debussy's Reflets dans l'eau, Mouvement, and Poissons d'or flow so naturally and unmechanically that you don't immediately notice how precise and even they really are. The hushed, sustained atmosphere of Debussy's Des pas sur la neige and Estampes' exotic overtones come alive through Moravec's acute sense of timing and tonal application.


Although his less-heroic, more
Read more inward path through Chopin's C-sharp minor Polonaise and Polonaise-Fantasie contrasts with Artur Rubinstein's firmer swagger, the approach proves equally valid. And Moravec coaxes half tints and inner voices from his selected Mazurkas and Waltzes without unduly underlining them (the trio of the C-sharp minor Waltz, for instance). Even if you already possess Michelangeli's Debussy Images, Richter's Estampes, or Rubinstein's Chopin, Moravec deserves equal space in your collection. A bargain not to be missed. [2/26/2002]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
2.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 2 in A minor, B 18 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
3.
Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 1 in B flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Images for Piano, Set 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
5.
Images for Piano, Set 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
6.
Estampes (3) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
7.
Préludes, Book 1: no 6, Des pas sur la neige by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
8.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 4 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
9.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 4 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
10.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
11.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
12.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
13.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26: no 1 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
14.
Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 

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