Moritz Moszkowski

Biography

Born: August 23, 1854; Breslau, Germany   Died: March 4, 1925; Paris, France  
The Jewish pianist Moritz Moszkowski was German-born, but always claimed Polish nationality. A child prodigy, Moszkowski entered the Dresden conservatory at age 11, and from there moved on to Berlin where he studied piano with Eduard Frank and Theodore Kullak and composition with Friedrich Kiel. Kullak was so impressed by Moszkowski that he made the latter an instructor at the Neue Akademie der Tonkunst; Moszkowski was then only 17 years of age, Read more and he remained in this position until 1896. In 1873, Moszkowski made his debut appearance in Berlin and swiftly rose through ranks to recognition as one of the top piano virtuosi in Europe. In 1875, Moszkowski premiered his First Piano Concerto; soon after the premiere, Franz Liszt joined performed a two-piano version with him.

By the mid-1880s, Moszkowski was suffering from nerves and began to curtail his recital activity in favor of composing, conducting and teaching. His many published compositions proved very popular in the era of salon pianism, and netted the composer a handsome income. These included the Serenata Op. 15/1, Concert Studies Op. 24, Caprice Espagnol Op. 37, Etincelles Op. 36/6 and Guitarre Op. 45/2. Moszkowski's music for piano duet was especially popular, in particular the Spanish Dances Opp. 12, 21, and 65. Early in his career Moszkowski had some success with orchestral music as well, but these pieces remained largely unpublished and most are now lost.

Among Moszkowski's honors were membership in the Berlin Academy of Art, and an honorary lifetime membership in the Philharmonic Society in Britain, where he often appeared as conductor. Upon leaving the Neue Akademie der Tonkunst, Moszkowski re-settled in Paris with his wife, the sister of the composer Cecile Chaminade. In 1910 Moszkowski's wife left him for his best friend, taking their daughter with her; he never truly recovered from this personal tragedy.

In the early years of the twentieth century Moszkowski proved unable to adapt to changing musical styles, and sales of his works quickly declined. Having lost his considerable fortune during the tumult of the First World War, Moszkowski was living in poverty by the early 1920s. On December 21, 1921 a group of concerned colleagues arranged a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on his behalf; among the 14 pianists who played the event were Percy Grainger, Harold Bauer, Wilhelm Bachaus, Leo Ornstein, and Ignaz Freidman. The conductor of this "monster concert" was Walter Damrosch, who remembered that this event as the most difficult assignment of his career. Nonetheless, the concert generated $10,000; however Moszkowski was unable to access this windfall of cash until mere weeks before his death in Paris at age 70. Despite living up to the very eve of electrical recording, Moszkowski is not known to have left behind any records or piano rolls of his own playing. Read less
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  • 1.
    Moszkowski: Piano Works / Hirose
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 866 Release Date: 04/03/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski
    Performer:  Etsuko Hirose
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  • 2.
    A Life in Music: Vintage Tommy Reilly
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 20143 Release Date: 08/23/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Tommy Reilly,  Kaare Řrnung,  Knut Guettler,  Tor Hultin  ... 
    Conductor:  Řivind Bergh,  Vilem Tausky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Radio Orchestra,  Norwegian Opera String Quartet,  Billy Ternent Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Vladimir Horowitz - The Great Comeback
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 593533 Release Date: 08/23/2019   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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    Ivry Gitlis: The Early Years, Birth of a Legend
    Label: Rhine Classics   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 08/02/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Karol Szymanowski,  Ernest Bloch,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Ivry Gitlis,  Maurice Perrin,  Odette Pigault,  André Collard  ... 
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    Sergio Fiorentino: Live in Taiwan
    Label: Rhine Classics   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 08/02/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alexander Scriabin,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Sergio Fiorentino
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    Mendelssohn, Beethoven & Liszt: Piano Works / Bolet
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 19413 Release Date: 04/12/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Leopold Godowsky  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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  • 7.
    The Polish Violin / Pike, Limonov
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 20082 Release Date: 01/04/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Mieczyslaw Karlowicz,  Henri Wieniawski
    Performer:  Jennifer Pike,  Petr Limonov
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  • 8.
    Wilhelm Backhaus plays Chopin, Liszt, Schumann & Encore Pieces
    Label: Apr Recordings   Catalog: 6026 Release Date: 10/26/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Bedrich Smetana,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus
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  • 9.
    Sarasate: Complete Works for Violin & Piano / Tianwa Yang, Hadulla
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8504054 Release Date: 05/11/2018   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Jean-Pierre Guignon  ... 
    Performer:  Tianwa Yang,  Markus Hadulla
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  • 10.
    Russian Piano Concertos / Various
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95520 Release Date: 04/27/2018   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Sergei Lyapunov,  Anton Rubinstein,  Nikolai Medtner,  Mily Balakirev  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Felicja Blumental,  In-Ju Bang,  Oxana Yablonskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Othmar M. F. Mága,  Helmuth Froschauer,  Pierre Cao  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Horowitz in Moscow [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4798516 Release Date: 02/02/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 12.
    Jorge Bolet: The RIAS Recordings, Vol. I
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 21438 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Leopold Godowsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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  • 13.
    Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832243 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Julius Katchen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Bernard Haitink,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    Pearls of Classical Music / Fischer
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 17452 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Caroline Fischer
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  • 15.
    Moszkowski: From Foreign Lands / West, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 138 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski
    Conductor:  Martin West
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
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  • 16.
    The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 68: Moszkowski & Schulz-Evler / Angelov
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68109 Release Date: 07/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Adolf Schulz-Evler
    Performer:  Ludmil Angelov
    Conductor:  Vladimir Kiradjiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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    Romantic Piano Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95300 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Baptist Cramer,  Carl Czerny,  Ferdinand Ries,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Akiko Sagara,  Michael Ponti,  Maria Littauer,  Felicja Blumental  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Cao,  Paul Angerer,  Alois Springer,  Alberto Zedda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Southwest German Chamber Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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  • 19.
    Horowitz in Moscow
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002475702 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 20.
    The Menuhin Century: Luxury Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555050 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 91
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen,  Artur Balsam,  Marcel Gazelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald,  Pierre Monteux,  Jean Fournet,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    The Menuhin Century: The Virtuoso & His Landmark Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555054 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Marcel Gazelle,  Ferguson Webster,  Artur Balsam  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Sir Colin Davis,  John Pritchard,  Efrem Kurtz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Moszkowski: Works for Violin and Piano
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573410 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski
    Performer:  Nazrin Rashidova,  Daniel Grimwood
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  • 24.
    Return to Chicago / Horowitz
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403702 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 25.
    Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings (1966-1983)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 305458 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Recorded Sound,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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