Album

Ivan Moravec

Twelfth Night Recital Prague 1987

Catalogue Number: SU 4190-2
Published: 16th October 2015
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 2 CD
This album has received following awards:
  • Gramophone Editor's Choice (2015)
A previously unreleased recording of a concert at the Rudolfinum in Prague: Johann Sebastian Bach - Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Sonata No. 13 in B-Flat Major, K 333 (315c), Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, "Quasi una fantasia" op. 27/2 ("Moonlight"), Frédéric Chopin - Mazurka in C-Sharp Minor, op. 50, Nocturne in F-Sharp Major, op. 15/2 and D-Flat Major, op. 27/2, Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, op. 52. Encores: Frédéric Chopin - Mazurka in C-Sharp Minor, op. 63/3, Claude Debussy - Clair de lune from the Suite bergamasque

Ivan Moravec - piano

This live recording of Ivan Moravec at the Rudolfinum in Prague was to have been first released on the occasion of his 85th birthday. The previously unreleased recording was discovered after 28 years in the Supraphon archives, and it managed to pass the test of the great artist's uncompromising self-censorship. Moravec's playing of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy at this concert meets the same standards as his finest recordings -technical refinement of details, carefully elaborated architecture, and rare inner vitality. Ivan Moravec's masterful performance is further enhanced by the special atmosphere of a live concert. The earthly journey of this great pianist of the twentieth century and of this extraordinary person came to a close in July of 2015. This recording is left behind to us as his last message and statement about beauty.

A previously unreleased recording of a recital by Ivan Moravec - commemorating a great pianist of the twentieth century

Reviews

“To listen to Moravec is to be reminded of another era, one in which there was no political correctness surrounding Bach and the modern piano. He gives a warm, richly rhetorical reading of the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, one that is seemingly without ego and entirely compelling. The Mozart sonata is another highlight.“
Gramophone, November 2015

CD 1

Johann Sebastian Bach
1.
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 13:40
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata No.13 in B flat major, K. 333 (315c)
2.
Allegro 07:16
3.
Andante cantabile 08:35
4.
Allegretto grazioso 06:06
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27 No. 2
5.
Adagio sostenuto 07:28
6.
Allegretto 02:28
7.
Presto agitato 07:35

CD 2

Frédéric Chopin
1.
Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No.3 05:28
Frédéric Chopin
2.
Nocturne in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2 04:08
Frédéric Chopin
3.
Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2 06:41
Frédéric Chopin
4.
Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 12:37
Frédéric Chopin
5.
Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3 02:07
Claude Debussy
6.
Clair de lune from the Suite bergamasque 06:06