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Joseph Moog: Tchaikovsky & Scharwenka Piano Sonatas / Joseph Moog, piano

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sonata for Piano in G major, Op. 37 "Grande Sonate"
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romance for Piano in F minor, Op. 5
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Aveu passionne, for piano in E minor
>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Sonata for piano, No 2 in E flat, Op 36
>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Im Freien, 5 Tonbilder, Op. 38
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Notes & Reviews:

Polish composer Franz Xaver Scharwenka was one of the most important and popular composer pianists of the late 19th century. He had a major career as a soloist, and toured the USA a total of 26 times. His four piano concertos were once cornerstones of the repertoire, admired by both Liszt and Tchaikovsky. For his third recording on Onyx Classics, pianist Joseph Moog performs Scharwenka's Piano Sonata Op.36 and Tonbilder Op.38, pairing them with Tchaikovsky's Piano Sonata Op.37, Romance Op.5 and Aveu passionné. Moog is fast becoming recognized as one of the most gifted and inquiring of the younger generation of pianists.

The Telegraph, 10th July 2014
Sviatoslav Richter and Mikhail Pletnev represent the chief competition [in the Tchaikovsky], but Moog is right up there with the requisite weight, agility and dazzling panache...Moog makes the same point [in the Scharwenka], deftly and fluidly shaping the romantic contours, igniting the fireworks.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2014
[Moog] gives a strong performance: rich and lavishly varied in sound, powerful, panoramically phrased with an impressive command of large-scale structure, and characterised with enough sleight-of-hand to persuade us (almost) that the Scherzo could even be the work of Schumann on an off-day...[Scharwenka], too receives a performance of exceptional polish, authority and conviction.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014
It takes a real virtuoso to make the gnarly, block-like piano-writing of Tchaikovsky's underrated Grande Sonate sound pianistically idiomatic and supple. Joseph Moog not only succeeds in doing this but also delivers one of the modern era's best recordings of this work.

International Record Review, November 2014
Moog is a formidably equipped pianist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: SWR Studio Kaiserslautern (01/06/2014-01/09/2014).



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sonata for Piano in G major, Op. 37 "Grande Sonate"
  • Performer: Joseph Moog (Piano)
  • Notes: SWR Studio Kaiserslautern (01/06/2014-01/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romance for Piano in F minor, Op. 5
  • Performer: Joseph Moog (Piano)
  • Notes: SWR Studio Kaiserslautern (01/06/2014-01/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Aveu passionné, for piano in E minor
  • Performer: Joseph Moog (Piano)
  • Notes: SWR Studio Kaiserslautern (01/06/2014-01/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Sonata for piano, No 2 in E flat, Op 36
  • Performer: Joseph Moog (Piano)
  • Notes: SWR Studio Kaiserslautern (01/06/2014-01/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Im Freien, 5 Tonbilder, Op. 38 :: no 1. Moderato grazioso
  • Performer: Joseph Moog (Piano)
  • Notes: SWR Studio Kaiserslautern (01/06/2014-01/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Im Freien, 5 Tonbilder, Op. 38 :: no 2. Nocturne. Andante cantabile
  • Performer: Joseph Moog (Piano)
  • Notes: SWR Studio Kaiserslautern (01/06/2014-01/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic