Sunday, October 23, 2011

Benno Moiseiwitsch: Mendelssohn-Rachmaninov Scherzo

Benno Moiseiwitsch [1890-1963] performs the Mendelssohn-Rachmaninov Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream." This was recorded in 1939, and there is a story behind this piece of music done so elegantly by the Odessa-born Moiseiwitsch:
It was on 17 March 1939 that Moiseiwitsch recorded one of his most famous discs, the Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream arranged for solo piano by Rachmaninov. He tells the story that there was remaining time at the end of a recording session so he sat down at the piano in his shirtsleeves and played the Scherzo through once. It was the best he had ever played it and the recording was published.

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