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Penguin Guide, January 2009

A useful reminder of Moiseiwitsch’s virtuosity and Lisztian prowess. His account with Constant Lambert still gives much pleasure.




Penguin Guide, January 2009

On Naxos, a neat-fingered and characterful account of this popular concerto and a welcome reminder of Moiseiwithsch’s art. Good transfer.



Philip Anson
La Scena Musicale, June 2003

"Naxos's fifth volume of Benno Moiseiwitsch's (1890-1963) recordings is of considerable interest. The Russian pianist's 1941 recording of the famous Grieg concerto with the Halle Orchestra is played fast and loose, a bit ragged, with the emotional openness that might be expected in wartime Britain. His 1947 recording of Saint-Saens's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the London Philharmonic is grandiose, barnstorming, at times turgid, at times lovely, as in the tinkling keyboard work in the second movement. Liszt's Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes (again with the LPO) also showcases sparkling fingering. The recorded sound is excellent for 1939, so although this repertoire has all been recorded as well--or better--in the analog and digital age, this disc is well worth a listen."



Geoffrey Norris
The Daily Telegraph (Australia), June 2002

"Moiseiwitsch is on top form here, strong and fluent in his pianism and, as an interpreter, sensitive and exciting in equal measure...These performances...are living testaments to a charismatic pianist of inspiration."/p>






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