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|Josef Hofmann, Moritz Moszkowski, Ignaz Friedman|
The Polish Virtuoso
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Classical
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ALEX T. (A-PLUS-SWAP) from SHARON, MA
Reviewed on 8/20/2006...
A Historical Document Not to be Missed
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD contains the piano roll performances of Josef Hofmann, Ignaz Friedman and Ignace Jan Paderewski. At the time of the recording, they were in their prime, these performances giving some indication of how they sounded at the height of their powers. On the CD, you hear some of these Golden Age pianists' war horses, Hofmann's jongleuse, Friedman's Viennese Waltzes, and of course, Paderewski's Minuet. Buy this CD to hear these amazing pianists play as you never could before. The sound quality is good, you might never be able to tell that it is indeed a piano roll performance."
Oh that these could be recorded live!!
Avid Reader | Franklin, Tn | 01/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The only national group that threatened the Russians supremacy in piano viruosity was the Polish one. For a nation that did not even exist during the lives of many of some of these great men, this is an achievement of the first order. This recording is reminiscent of the preserved Second and Third Concertos by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The genius is immediately evident but nothing can match the quality and tone of a modern studio recording.What is remarkable about this CD and its artists - Friedman, Paderewski, Moszkowski and the unforgettable Josef Hoffman - is that they are also the composers of the compositions presented here. These are not of the Chopin/Scriabin/Godowsky realm but they are terrific show pieces for the display of an almost unworldly technique. Moszkowski's Etincelles was long a favorite of Vladimir Horowitz and the Minuet by Paderewski has another popular and is occasionaly heard in the concert hall."