- Audio CD (Oct. 9 2007)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Vox (Classical)
- ASIN: B000001K47
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Image (Book 1): Reflets Dans L'eau|
|2. Image (Book 1): Hommage A Rameau|
|3. Image (Book 1): Mouvement|
|4. Image (Book 2): Cloches a travers les feuilles|
|5. Image (Book 2): Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut|
|6. Image (Book 2): Poissons d'or|
|7. Prelude (Book 1, No. 6): Des pas sur la neige|
|8. Estampe: Pagodes|
|9. Estampe: Soiree dans Grenade|
|10. Estampe: Jardins sous la pluie|
|1. F Minor, Op. 63, No. 2|
|2. A Minor, Op. 68, No. 2|
|3. B Flat Major, Op. 7 No. 1|
|4. C Sharp Minor, Op. 30, No. 4|
|5. B Minor, Op. 33, No. 4|
|6. A Minor, Op. 34, No. 2|
|7. C Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2|
|8. E Minor, Op. Posth|
|9. C Sharp Minor, Op. 26, No. 1|
|10. Polonaise Fantasie In A Flat major, Op. 61|
Where should I begin? Moravec's technique is fabulous. His articulation is crisp, and his tone is gorgeous. What's more, his personality is expressed here not by showboating but by his unerring ability to bring out the characteristics of Debussy and Chopin. With Debussy, the shocking dissonances are made clear but, at the same time, are sweetened by a lucious tone and a sensitivity to Debussy's underappreciated tunefulness. In the Chopin, Moravec's precise technique is coupled with his sensitivity to rhythm so that the different types of pieces (mazurkas, waltzes, polonaises) are indeed unmistakably different, each type pleasing in very different way.
And all this for (the price).
Those who want to hear more Moravec should immediately purchase his Chopin Nocturnes and his Schumann Kinderszenen, both of which are, in my view, the finest that have been recorded. Period.
Finally, I heard the pianist recently in Toledo (of all places) and spoke to him after his performance. He is a kind and thoughful fellow, and I enjoy supporting him by buying his recordings.
I don't know if it bothers the French today that the mantle has passed to a Czech. If it does, they should get past it, and just be grateful that anyone can play this beautifully.
The Chopin Mazurkas are I think as close to Moravec's heart as they were to the composer. He often offers them as encores at recitals, and invariably reduces the audience to hushed rapture.
All music lovers should snap up any Moravec album they come across - especially if it includes a Chopin Mazurka.