Moritz Moszkowski - Piano Concerto Op. 3 - Ludmil Angelov, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Kiradjiev (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Ð¡omposer: Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925), Adolf Schulz-Evler (1852-1905)
Artist: Ludmil Angelov, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Kiradjiev
Title: Moszkowski - Piano Concerto Op. 3
Label: Â© Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 65 minutes 4 seconds
Recorded: June 2015, City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland
The first recording of Moritz Moszkowskiâ€™s long-lostâ€”and eagerly awaitedâ€”early Piano Concerto makes for a particularly important addition to the Romantic Piano Concerto series. The coupling is another rarity (and recorded premiere): the Russian Rhapsody by Adolf Schulz-Evler.
Hyperionâ€™s Romantic Piano Concerto series continues to unearth interesting repertoire and give it premiere recordings. Both works included here were written ostensibly to further their composersâ€™ playing careersâ€”and the demands they make are considerable. Moritz Moszkowskiâ€™s early-1870s concerto was thought lost until the score was discovered in Paris during 2008. A 54-minute work in four movements, it is at best enthralling: sample the opening movement, which has the soloist firing off a Chopinesque fusillade of notes, or the humorous third-movement scherzo. On the debit side, distended writing leads the other movements towards self-serving ornamentationâ€”the finale has not one but two bravura cadenzasâ€”rather than structural cohesion. Adolf Schulz-Evlerâ€™s Russian Rhapsody makes for a tuneful and involving partner. Initially sombre, it gradually accelerates through a sequence of shifting keys and melodies towards a brilliant conclusion. Ludmil Angelov achieves minor miracles by throwing everything he can technically and interpretatively at these works, as does Vladimir Kiradjiev, who secures admirably direct playing from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Full-blooded and well balanced recorded sound; useful liner notes by Jeremy Nicholas. --Evan Dickerson, Gramophone
Moritz Moszkowski's First Piano Concerto was given an auspicious world premiere in Berlin in 1875. A year later, the composer played it in Weimar in an arrangement for two pianos with Franz Liszt taking the second piano part. Thereafter however, Moszkowski made little effort to get the work published, and it remained completely forgotten until a musicologist discovered the manuscript a few years ago in the BibliothÃ¨que Nationale [de France].
Moszkowski's disparaging assessment of the Concerto as 'worthless' is certainly wide of the mark. Indeed, this ambitious work, laid out in four movements and even exceeding Brahm's Second Piano Concerto in duration, is brimful of attractive melodic ideas and resourceful orchestration. Stylistically, it might not be particularly original, drawing much inspiration from Schumann, Liszt and Chopin. But the music is alswars engaging, and even the extended Finale sustains one's interest.
It's entirely appropriate that this finely balanced first recording should be by the Bulgarian pianist and conductor that ave its first modern performance in Warsaw in 2014. Certainly, Ludmil Angelov dispatches the hugely taxing piano part with consummate virtuosity and the orchestra respond with alert and strongly characterised playing under Vladimir Kirjadev both in this score and Adolf Schulz-Evler's rather frothy Russian Rhapsody. Alltogether, this is a very welcome addition to Hyperion's invaluable Romantic Piano Concerto series. --Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine
Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925)
Piano Concerto in B minor Op. 3
2 Adagio â€“[14'43]
3 Scherzo: Molto vivace[7'56]
4 Allegro sostenuto â€“ Allegro con spirito[20'27]
Adolf Schulz-Evler (1852-1905)
5 Russian Rhapsody Op 14[11'08]
Ludmil Angelov, piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Kiradjiev, conductor
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