"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."
"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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