Moszkowski - Orchestral Music Vol.2 | Toccata Classics TOCC0557

Moszkowski - Orchestral Music Vol.2


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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0557

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 4th September 2020



Sinfonia Varsovia


Ian Hobson


Moszkowski, Moritz

Suite for Orchestra no.2, op.47
Suite for Orchestra no.3, op.79


Sinfonia Varsovia


Ian Hobson


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 a century or more. The first volume in this first-ever survey of his orchestral output presented the monumental ‘Symphonic Poem in Four Movements’ Johanna d’Arc – a vast symphonic fresco depicting the life, death and transfiguration of the heroine of Schiller’s 1801 play Die Jungfrau von Orleans – and drew a warm welcome from the musical press. These two big-hearted Suites continue that process of discovery, opening a treasure chest of gorgeous melody and sumptuous orchestral writing that make these forgotten gems irresistibly attractive.

“ outstanding performance of another, long forgotten, orchestral work... the bass clean and goes down to rock bottom with some seismic, bass drum thumps that will exercise your woofers. This CD will leave ardent romanticists anxiously awaiting Toccata's next volume in this series.” – Classical Lost and Found. February 2020 (Vol.1 TOCC0523)

“a vividly narrative score, at times nearly ‘cinematic’ before its time... 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...” – Didier Van Moere, Diapason (Diapason découverte award) (Vol.1 TOCC0523)

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