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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  • 1.
    Debussy - Le Compositeur Et Ses Interpretes
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 1215 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Claire Croiza,  George Reeves,  Ninon Vallin,  Gustav Cloëz  ... 
    Conductor:  Camille Chevillard,  Pierre Monteux,  Walther Straram,  Arturo Toscanini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Des Concerts Lamoureux,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre Des Concerts Straram  ... 
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  • 2.
    The Liszt Legacy / Arrau, De Larrocha, Lewenthal, Moiseiwitsch, Petri [10-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001611702 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Joaquin Turina,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Raymond Lewenthal,  Benno Moiseiwitsch  ... 
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    The Heifetz Collection Vol 7 - 1949-1951
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61738 Release Date: 05/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay,  Benno Moiseiwitsch
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Walter Susskind
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    A Century Of Romantic Chopin
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 54001 Release Date: 08/19/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Moritz Rosenthal,  Alfred Cortot,  Rosita Renard,  Sydney Foster  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
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  • 5.
    Composers In Person
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17575 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ernö von Dohnányi,  Paul Hindemith,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Béla Bartók,  Vilma Medgyaszay,  Ferenc Szekeres,  Zoltán Székely  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Collingwood,  Paul Hindemith,  Aram Khachaturian,  Arthur Honegger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Percurama Percussion Ensemble
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    Icon - Jascha Heifetz - The Master Violinist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 17312 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  César Franck,  Niccolň Paganini,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Jascha Heifetz,  Arpád Sándor,  Benno Moiseiwitsch  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Classic Archive - György Cziffra, Benno Moďseďwitsch, Jorge Bolet
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3085288 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet,  Benno Moiseiwitsch,  György Cziffra
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    Benno Moiseiwitsch Plays Delius And Rachmaninov
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2326 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Benno Moiseiwitsch
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Hugo Rignold
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Chopin, Schumann, Weber, Medtner, Et Al / Benno Moiseiwitsch
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1196 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Benno Moiseiwitsch
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    Moiseiwitsch - Schumann, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Ackermann
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1187 Release Date: 04/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Benno Moiseiwitsch
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Benno Moiseiwitsch Plays Saint-Saens, Grieg & Liszt
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5529 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Benno Moiseiwitsch
    Conductor:  Constant Lambert,  Leslie Heward,  Basil Cameron
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Delius: Orchestral Works
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1014 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Beatrice Harrison,  Benno Moiseiwitsch,  Albert Sammons,  Henry Holst  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Fenby,  Constant Lambert,  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Moiseiwitsch Plays Schumann And Brahms
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1023 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Benno Moiseiwitsch
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    J Strauss Jr: Virtuoso Piano Transcriptions
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1019 Release Date: 04/08/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adolf Schulz-Evler,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Leopold Godowsky
    Performer:  Josef Lhévinne,  Moritz Rosenthal,  David Saperton,  Benno Moiseiwitsch  ... 
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    Liszt: 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies Played By 19 Great Pianists
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1066 Release Date: 10/24/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Janice Weber,  Louis Kentner,  Sviatoslav Richter,  György Cziffra  ... 
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