Friday, November 22, 2013

Moritz Moszkowski Piano Concerto in E Major

Moszkowski's E Major Piano Concerto was composed for the virtuoso of that time, Josef Hofmann. There are memorable themes in this concerto and a display of ample genius. The orchestration sparkles.The concerto was written in 1898. The concerto was popular for several decades after its premiere but fell into oblivion and neglect after that. By the time the First World War was over, Moszkowski had lost his wife and daughter and he too became a recluse, suffering ill health. He considered Scriabin and Schoenberg as artistic madmen. He died in Paris in 1925. Piers Lane BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Jerzy Maksymiuk

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