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  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett

Ignaz MOSCHELES (1794-1870)
La Forza Op.31 No.1 [10.20]
La Tenerezza Op. 52 No.1 [6.48]
Four Divertimenti Op.82 [17.19]
Gigue Op.58 [4.45]
Pastorale Op.52 No.2 [3.12]
Sonata Concertante Op.44 (1819) [29.45]
Grande Etude Op.126 [3.23]
Clive Conway (flute)
Christine Croshaw (piano)
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MERIDIAN CDE 84388 [76.03]


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Moscheles lived long enough to witness the rise of Beethoven and Wagner, indeed he championed the former by playing the Pathétique sonata at the age of ten and at the end of his life he played the late sonatas Op.109 and 111, a mystery to many audiences then and since. Moscheles was a virtuoso pianist who toured the musical centres and capitals of Europe, giving recitals to great acclaim. He was by all accounts an exemplary technician, who impressed with his detailed accuracy in what might have been tossed off in a shower of notes (right and wrong ones) by lesser players. He taught Mendelssohn, and became Professor of Piano at Leipzigís Conservatorium at his pupilís invitation in 1846, a post he held for two decades and long after Mendelssohnís early death. He came to love Chopinís piano music, and was an early admirer of Schumann, especially the Romantic characteristics of his music. Moscheles wrote a great deal, his published opus numbers achieving three figures of which maybe the concertos are best known today, if on more adventurous record labels alone.

Meridianís disc mixes solo piano music with that for flute and piano accompaniment, and the variety is a strong plus, not only of the instruments but also of the styles in Moschelesí writing. The Gigue, for example, casts a backward glance at the Baroque and Bach, the second of the Four Divertimenti is a charming pastiche of the Austro-Hungarian National Anthem, treated in much the way Haydn had done years before in his ĎEmperorí string quartet, while the last of the four is a curious parody of a Swiss yodelling tune. All tuneful music played expertly by Christine Croshaw, though the piano sound is occasionally too bright and brittle, and flautist Clive Conway, a duo who appear elsewhere on Meridian discs (whose silver jubilee year this has been) as part of a team of players covering the period with the music of Hummel, Weber and Czerny.

Christopher Fifield

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