The Polish composer Moritz Moszkowski (1854–1925) is best remembered for a handful of virtuoso piano pieces, but he also produced a substantial body of orchestral music, most of it unperformed for decades. Astonishingly, he was only in his early twenties when he wrote his monumental ‘Symphonic Poem in Four Movements’ Johanna d’Arc – heard here in its first recording – a vast symphonic fresco depicting the life, death and transfiguration of the heroine of Friedrich Schiller’s 1801 play, Die Jungfrau von Orleans. Moszkowski admitted to the influence of Wagner and Raff on the work – but he also managed to prefigure the musical language of the Hollywood epics of sixty years later.
Sinfonia Varsovia Jakub Haufa, solo violin (Tracks 1, 4) Ian Hobson, conductor
A Diaposon découverte
Catalogue No: TOCC0523EAN/UPC: 5060113445230Release Date: 04.10.2019Composer: Moritz Moszkowski Artists: Ian Hobson, Jakub Haufa, Sinfonia Varsovia
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“a vividly narrative score, at times nearly “cinematic” before its time. … Certain passages are highly evocative, such as Joan’s vision, which the composer entrusts to the solo violin and to the harp in the pastorale of the first part. … one must appreciate its generously overflowing lyricism. Let it not be said that Schiller inspired only Verdi and Tchaikovsky! Ian Hobson’s conducting avoids bombast; it breathes new life into the fresco by preserving its drama and cohesiveness and restoring its vibrant colors. A promising discovery, this is the first volume in a series of Moszkowski’s orchestral music.” —Didier Van Moere, Diapason (Diapason découverte awards)
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