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
Catalogue No: TOCC0523EAN/UPC: 5060113445230Release Date: 04.10.2019Composer: Moritz Moszkowski Artists: Ian Hobson, Jakub Haufa, Sinfonia Varsovia
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