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Olivier Bellamy
Le Monde de la Musique, March 2002


Robert Baird
Stereophile, February 2002

"Benno Moiseiwitsch is a name not familiar to many collectors, and these two new Naxos releases should help correct that injustice. Moiseiwitsch was one of the very greatest pianists: a virtuoso, a colorist on the level of Cortot and Horowitz, and above all, an elegant musician... No library is complete without Moiseiwitsch's thrilling readings of Wagner's Liebestod and Tannhauser Overture in transcriptions by Liszt. Most, if not all, orchestral performances pale by comparison."



Richard Perry
Ottawa Citizen, October 2001

"Naxos Historical, an ever-expanding and invaluable budget line of great recordings from past eras, has put us in its debt by issuing two anthologies of early Moiseiwitsch performances restored by the respected sound engineer Ward Marston. Classical music lovers and collectors of vinyl discs may well know Moiseiwitsch from his later work on EMI and American Capitol LPs which were made at a time when the pianist was past his prime, though still radiating an exquisitely civilized old-world sensibility. The material on the Naxos CDs brings to light much rarer material, most of it from the late '20s to the early '40s, and they elucidate what refined musicianship Moiseiwitsch commanded in his maturity...

Understated, but rich in subtleties, Moiseiwitsch's pianism illuminates everything. The opening of Beethoven's Andante favori -- potentially a mere bland and perfunctory template for what follows -- obtains a certain pristine clarity here."



Jeremy Nicholas
International Record Review, October 2001

"These recordings, made between 1925 and 1945, confirm Benno Moiseiwitsch (1890-1963) as one of the truly great pianists of he last century. with his awesome technical command, far-ranging repertoire and innate taste, he is that rare being whose playing is instantly recognizable. ...It is to be hoped that Naxos will eventually issue the pianists complete electrical recordings from his three golden decades."



Robert Baxter
Courier-Post, August 2001

"Benno Moiseiwitsch made the piano sing with a splendor and richness that rivaled a symphony orchestra...The pianist summons an array of color that astonishes the listener, from shimmering leggiero work in the upper range to glowing, rich tones at the lower end of the keyboard."






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