Ivan Moravec

Biography

Born: November 9, 1930; Prague, Czech Republic  
Although scarcely unknown to a broader audience, Czech pianist Ivan Moravec is considered by many to be a connoisseur's artist. Certainly, his performances are anything but routine, his firm, pearlescent legato reminding some of the great Dinu Lipatti. His singular touch, he has stated on several occasions, was a matter of necessity after an ice-skating fall at age ten that left him with a neck and spine injury. Thus, the intelligent use of his Read more hands formed the basis for a sound decidedly unlike that of any of his younger colleagues. Growing up in a household where music was valued and a constant presence, Moravec began piano lessons at age seven. Since his father was an amateur violinist, the youth was already familiar with chamber works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms and did not have to be forced to practice. The years of WWII were difficult ones, even though public music performances continued. After the war, Moravec made his formal debut, a small recital on a radio broadcast in 1946. He underwent further training with Madame tepánova-Kurzová, the daughter of Professor Kurz who had taught Rudolf Firkusny, before a momentous break materialized in 1957. Moravec was invited to attend Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli's master classes in Arezzo -- and the invitation came from Michelangeli himself. Moravec learned more about surmounting the mechanical reality of his instrument and producing a flowing legato sound from the iconoclastic Italian. Although his lessons at the keyboard were brief, Moravec spent a great deal of time with Michelangeli drinking wine and discussing music. Moravec made his London debut in 1959 and his New York debut in 1964, when he performed with George Szell and his superbly disciplined Cleveland Orchestra. That first New York appearance presaged subsequent American tours through which Moravec developed a following among those who valued musical integrity, beautiful sound, and a devotion to a conservative but full repertory. As one might expect, two Czech composers, Smetana and Dvorák, hold a central position among those he plays regularly. Considered one of the foremost Chopin artists of the day, Moravec also counts Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, and Ravel among his other favored composers. A frequent, though reluctant visitor to the recording studio, Moravec has placed on disc many performances prized by discerning listeners. He has expressed his distaste for recording in brief takes, insisting that he is unable to play short stretches for patching. His best work, he feels, is the result of working through an entire work start to finish. It was a non-professional recording, actually, that opened the door to a productive recording career; a friend taped a 1956 Prague recital before leaving Czechoslovakia and passed it about in the West. When a copy came to the attention of the co-founders of the Connoisseur Society, they invited Moravec to come to the United States in 1962 to make the first of what would become a legendary series of recordings. Moravec has also developed a reputation as a piano's best friend. He spends time with a technician in each venue, sharing specific observations about the voicing, encouraging that technician to make adjustments that will enhance the quality of sound not only for his own use, but also for other pianists who will approach it in the future. Read less
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    Dvorak: Orchestral Works & Concertos
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4123 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk
    Performer:  Milos Sádlo,  Ivan Moravec,  Václav Hudecek,  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Bohumil Gregor,  Jakub Hrusa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Symphony Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonia  ... 
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    Chopin: Nocturnes / Moravec
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4097 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20, 23, 24 & 25
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 94603 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
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    Chopin: Scherzi, Etudes, Mazurkas / Ivan Moravec
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4059 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20, 23, 24, 25 / Moravec, Marriner
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
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    Ivan Moravec - Live In Brussels
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4004 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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    Classical Orchestral Masterpieces
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98541 Release Date: 06/22/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Antonio Rosetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Zdenek Divoky,  Peter Bruns,  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Thomas Fey,  Ondrej Kukal,  Roger Norrington,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
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    Juwelen Der Klassik - Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Etc / Rilling, Mackerras, Marriner, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98537 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Lenski,  Dmitri Sitkovetsky,  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    The Best Of Czech Classics - Dvorak: Concertos / Suk, Hudecek, Moravec, Sadlo, Belohlavek, Neumann, Czech Po
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3965 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Milos Sádlo,  Ivan Moravec,  Václav Hudecek,  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Gala Concert - Mozart & Dvorák
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4404 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Spring Moods
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 210054 Release Date: 09/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Jacob Van Eyck,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Marion Kokott,  Iona Brown,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jenö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus-Peter Hahn,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eden-Stell Duo,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Moscow State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
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    Romantische Leseabende
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98247 Release Date: 03/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giacomo Puccini,  Robert Schumann,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Yevgeny Koroliov,  Dirk Altmann,  Florian Henschel,  Ivan Moravec  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Strub,  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcata Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Verdi Quartet
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    Spannende Krimiabende
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98246 Release Date: 03/20/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Petronel Malan,  Vladimir Bunin,  Ivan Moravec,  Gerhard Oppitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Verdi Quartet
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    Brahms: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Moravec, Belohlávek
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3865 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Spring Moods
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98223 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Jacob Van Eyck,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Marion Kokott,  Iona Brown,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jenö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus-Peter Hahn,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eden-Stell Duo,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Moscow State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 14, 23, 25 / Moravec, Vlach
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3809 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Josef Vlach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart - Highlights / Iona Brown, L. Pesek, Bertone, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98442 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec,  Timothy Brown
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Klaus-Peter Hahn,  Libor Pesek,  Marco Bertone  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Moscow Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3714 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
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    Chopin: Sonata In B Flat Minor, Berceuse, Etc / Ivan Moravec
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 7908 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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  • 20.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3582 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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  • 21.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3583 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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  • 22.
    Ivan Moravec Plays French Music
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3584 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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  • 23.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3581 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3580 Release Date: 12/18/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  César Franck,  Claude Debussy,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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  • 25.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3509 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Josef Suk,  Oldrich Frantisek Korte
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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