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Moszkowski: 'From Foreign Lands-Rediscovered Orchestral Works' Fackeltanz

Magazine article Gramophone

Moszkowski: 'From Foreign Lands-Rediscovered Orchestral Works' Fackeltanz

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Moszkowski

'From Foreign Lands--Rediscovered Orchestral Works' Fackeltanz, Op 51. Aus aller Herren Lander, Op 23. Habanera, Op 65 No 3. Pres du berceau. Op 58 No 3. Six Airs de ballet, Op 56. Gondoliera, Op 41 torch Otto Langey). Spanische Tanze, Op 12 torch Philipp Scharwenka & Valentin Frank)6 San Francisco Ballet Orchestra / Martin West Reference Recordings (F) RR138 (73' * DDD)

Why concert promoters and record labels have such trouble with Moszkowski I'll never know, especially his once-celebrated orchestral music. For instance, not a single item from this disc has ever featured in the BBC's wide-ranging, inclusive Proms, with the exception of the work that made Moszkowski's fortune, the five Spanish Dances, Op 2. These have been played--just once, in 1895. (The Malaguena from his 1892 opera Boabdil, sadly not included here, was so popular that it was played in every Proms season from 1899 till 1931, sometimes three times in a single year, but never since.) Fashions and Proms directors change. Today it is left almost entirely to pianists--from Hofmann and Horowitz to Hamelin and Hough--to keep his name alive.

So it is a pleasure merely to have the repertoire on this disc with its four world premieres (nine separate pieces lasting 30 minutes). …

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