Pictures & Songs Benjamin Moser
- Modest Mussorgsky (1839 - 1881): Pictures at an Exhibition:
- 1Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade. Allegro giusto01:26
- 2Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 1. Gnomus02:46
- 3Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade. Moderato commodo assai00:52
- 4Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 2. Il vecchio castello04:12
- 5Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade. Moderato non tanto00:28
- 6Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 3. Les Tuilleries01:13
- 7Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 4. Bydlo02:50
- 8Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade. Tranquillo00:41
- 9Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 5. Ballet of the unhatched chicken01:12
- 10Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 6. Samuel Goldenberg and Shmul02:05
- 11Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo russico01:23
- 12Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 7. Limoges. Le marché01:27
- 13Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 8. Catacombae. Sepulchrum romanum01:54
- 14Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade. Andante non troppo01:56
- 15Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 9. Baba Yaga03:30
- 16Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 10. The Bogatyr Gates04:43
- George Gershwin (1898 - 1937): Three Preludes:
- 17Three Preludes: No. 1. Allegro ben ritmato e decisio01:37
- 18Three Preludes: No. 2. Andante con moto e poco rubato03:31
- 19Three Preludes: No. 3. Allegro ben ritmato e decisio01:21
- Earl Wild (1915 - 2010): Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Gerwhwin Songs:
- 20Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Gerwhwin Songs: No. 3. The Man I love02:49
- 21Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Gerwhwin Songs: No. 4. Enbraceable You02:58
- 22Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Gerwhwin Songs: No. 7. Fascinatin' Rhythm01:49
- Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943):
- 23In the Silent Night, Op. 4, No. 3 (Transcriptions of Rachmaninoff Song)02:54
- 24Dreams, Op. 38, No. 5 (Transcriptions of Rachmaninoff Song)03:15
- 25The little Island, Op. 14, No. 2 (Transcriptions of Rachmaninoff Song)02:18
- 26Flods of Spring, Op. 14, No. 11 (Transcriptions of Rachmaninoff Song)04:27
- 27Where Beaty Dwells, Op. 21, No. 7 (Transcriptions of Rachmaninoff Song)04:00
Info for Pictures & Songs
I have had the idea for this project since 2016. For the occasion of the 10th anniversary of my prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition and of my first album with Russian music, I wanted to make another recording, a sort of “Volume 2” with Russian repertoire. Within that framework I wanted to couple a well-known work with others that are more seldom performed: the Pictures at an Exhibition seemed like a good choice, since I had always wanted to play them – particularly in the original version, which I love. I wanted to couple them with Rachmaninoff’s 1st Piano Sonata, a seldom-performed work which, in my opinion, is both marvelous and underrated. But then I discovered Earl Wild’s arrangements of Rachmaninoff songs, and soon became thrilled with these technically demanding yet delightfully lyrical miniatures. A further inspiration, particularly for Gershwin’s Preludes and Virtuoso Etudes, was provided by the focus on “America” chosen by the Ruhr Piano Festival, where, in the summer of 2017, I performed the programme now featured on this album under the name “Songs and Pictures” in a live recital – a daunting challenge indeed! Now, in cooperation with Deutschlandradio Berlin and AvI (to both of whom I extend my heartfelt thanks!), this album recording now finally sees the light of day. I hope that it will bring much pleasure to everyone who deigns to listen!
Benjamin Moser, piano
came to international attention in June 2007 as a prizewinner in the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, in which he received the prize for the best interpretation of Tchaikovsky, as well as the audience prize. In January of that year he also won first prize in the International Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York, as well as eight additional special prizes and recitals in, among other venues, Paris (Gulbenkian Centre), Washington (Kennedy Centre) and New York (Carnegie Zankel Recital Hall).
Since then, Benjamin has performed regularly, both in solo recital, and as soloist with orchestra. These performances include the Tchaikvsky concerto at the Dubrovnik Festival, concertos by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt and Tchaikovsky in the Munich Herkulesaal and in the Alte Oper Frankfurt with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 he performed Rachmaninov's Paganini Variations with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He played Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie under Andris Nelsons. He has also played this concerto in the Tonhalle Zurich, with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic with conductor Wojciech Rajski, and again in 2011 for the Marienbad Chopin Festival. In addition, he has played concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Grieg and Rachmaninov and recitals with works by Bach through to contemporary composers throughout the US and in Argentina, Germany, England, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.
As guest performer, Benjamin Moser has been invited to many important festivals, including the Bodensee Festival, the Alpenklassik Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Klavierfestival Ruhr (to which he was reinvited for 2013), and most recently in the YCA chamber music festival in Tokyo and Beijing. The concert at the Ruhrfestival was recorded and broadcast nationwide by the Deutschlandfunk. This recording was released on CD by the Klavierfestival and was included in the March 2012 issue of Fonoforum.
Concerts in 2012 and 2013 included performances at the Bodenseefestival, at the Deutschlandfunk in Cologne, in the Hamburg Laeizhalle with Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2, and at the Theater Karlsruhe, where he played the Bartok Rhapsody for piano and orchestra. In 2013, as part of YCA´s diamond concert, Benjamin played Liszt´s first piano concerto at New York´s Alice Tully Hall. He was immediately reinvited to play at the Klavierfestival Ruhr in 2014 and 2015. Further concerts in 2015 include 6 Mozart concertos in Japan, the Mozart double concerto with the MDR Radio Orchestra and several others. He also enjoys playing chamber music. He has played several concerts with various ensembles, collaborating with highly-regarded soloists such as Nicolas Altstaedt, Julian Steckel and his brother, Johannes Moser.
In 2009 Benjamin made his debut recording with a CD of Russian piano music (with works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Medtner and Prokofiev) with Munich-based label OehmsClassics, to critical acclaim. His second CD with French piano music by Debussy and Ravel was released in 2012, again through OehmsClassics and received excellent reviews. His third album with the final sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert will be released in spring 2015 under the AvI Classics label.
In January 2010 he recorded Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Bamberg Symphony for the Bavarian radio. Many of his concerts have been recorded by radio stations, by the BR, SWR, RBB, Deutschlandfunk, Radio WQXR New York among others.
The young pianist, born in 1981 in Munich, hails from a family of musicians. He commenced his studies as a teenager at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich with Professor Michael Schäfer, before continuing with Professor Klaus Hellwig at the Universität der Künste Berlin.He was also greatly inspired by his work with Dimitry Bashkirov, Fu Tsong, Stanislav Ioudenitch and since 2012 Alfred brendel in London. During his studies in Berlin he won first prize in the Artur-Schnabel piano competition in Berlin and in 2003 he was a recipient of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes' scholarship. In 2005 he received the Steinway Prize Berlin. He was also a recipient of scholarships from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the Deutsche Musikrat.