Between Heaven and Hell Joseph Moog
- Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886):
- 1Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: Lento assai – Allegro energico – Andante sostenuto – Allegro energico – Lento sostenuto – Lento assai28:09
- 2Deux Légendes, S. 175: I. St François d'Assise. La prédication aux oiseaux08:26
- 3Deux Légendes, S. 175: II. St François de Paule marchant sur les flots08:16
- 4Années de pèlerinage, Deuxième année, S. 161: VII. Après une lecture du Dante. Fantasia quasi Sonata15:32
- 5Csárdás obstinée, S. 225/203:03
Info for Between Heaven and Hell
Joseph Moog has an enviable reputation as a Liszt interpreter with two earlier albums devoted to the composer being praised by the critics: “these recordings shine with an overall mastery and insight… rival discs by Brendel and Zimmerman in particular may thrill and delight the most discerning Lisztian, but even in this company Joseph Moog holds his head high” - Gramophone
On his new Onyx album, ‘From Heaven To Hell,’ Moog programmes works that traverse a wide range of emotions, from the divine and heavenly to the demonic.
Franz Liszt was 21 years old when he first met the ravishing Marie, Comtesse d’Agoult in the Paris apartment of the Marquise de la Vayer. It was January 1833. A little over two years later, the Comtesse left her husband and family and eloped with Liszt. She was already pregnant with their first child. For the next four years they travelled together throughout Switzerland and Italy. The pieces that would form the first two books of the Années de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage), in either revised or recomposed versions, were written during these years. Première année: Suisse, published in 1855, can be seen as the musical equivalent of the exactly contemporary watercolours and landscapes of Turner and Edward Lear. Deuxième année: Italie, published in 1858, takes its inspiration not from nature and landscapes but from art and literature.
Joseph Moog, piano
Moog’s ability to combine exquisite technical skill with a mature and intelligent musicality set him apart as a pianist of exceptional diversity. A champion of the well-known masterworks as well as rare and forgotten repertoire combined with the ability to compose and arrange his own works, Joseph was awarded the accolade of Gramophone Young Artist of the Year 2015 and was also GRAMMY nominated for his 2016 recording pairing the Grieg and Moszkowski concertos.
Joseph is a regular performer at specialist piano forums such as the Ruhr Klavierfestival and the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, his passion for diverse repertoire also apparent from recent concerto performances which range from Jerzy Gablenz’ Concerto in D flat major Op. 25 with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Hallé Orchestra.
Highlights of Joseph’s 2018/19 season include Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and his debuts in Norway with the Kristiansand Symfoniorkester and Oslo Opera Orchestra. He will also return to Asia for his debut with the New Japan Philharmonic playing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, the work with which he made his Asian debut at the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in 2016. Further ahead Joseph returns to North America for his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Joseph has earned a reputation as a formidable recitalist, and this season will make his debut at the Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse. He has previously performed at the Wigmore Hall, Master Pianists Series at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Louvre Auditorium, International House of Music Moscow, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, Philharmonie Haarlem, Societa Filarmonica Trento, Fribourg International Concert Series, Istanbul Recitals and the Eesti Kontsert Piano Festival in Tallinn. In North America Joseph has given recitals at the Frick Collection in New York, Portland Piano International, Washington Performing Arts Society, Vancouver Recital Society and Miami International Piano Festival.
Orchestras with whom Joseph has performed include the Philharmonia Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre Métropolitain Montréal, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux in Paris, Poznan Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Kaiserslautern, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Beethoven Orchester Bonn and Stuttgart Philharmonic. Joseph has also appeared at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Berlin Konzerthaus, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Munich Gasteig, Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg, Stuttgart Liederhalle, Mariinsky Theater Auditorium and Mikhailovsky Palace in St. Petersburg, Auditorium della Conciliazione in Rome and at international festivals such as La Roque d'Anthéron and East Neuk in Scotland. In Asia, Joseph has given recitals at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, in Tokyo and at the Singapore International Piano Festival.
Renowned conductors with whom Joseph has had the privilege of working include Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Thomas Sondergaard, Andrey Boreyko, Nicholas Milton, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Juanjo Mena, Christian Vasquez, Christoph Poppen, Pablo Gonzalez, Ari Rasilainen, Marcus Bosch, Toshiyuko Kamioka, John Axelrod, Fabrice Bollon, Theodor Guschlbauer, Petr Altrichter, Patrick Lange, Othmar Maga, Philippe Entremont, Markus Poschner and Michael Sanderling.
Joseph has an extensive discography and has received numerous awards for his recordings, as well as outstanding critiques from the international press. November 2017 saw the release of his eleventh recording featuring Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and Strauss’ Burleske. It will be followed by his much-anticipated recording of Debussy's complete Etudes and Ravel's 'Gaspard de la Nuit' to be released in November 2018.
Joseph’s talent has not gone unrecognized, and prior to his Gramophone Award in 2015 he has twice been a winner at the International Classical Music Awards ICMA, in 2012 receiving the Award for Young Artist of the Year, followed in 2014 by the Award for Solo Instrumentalist of the Year awarded jointly with the celebrated pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja. Further distinctions such as Musikpreis der Deutschen Konzertdirektionen, 4 SuperSonic Awards, Advancement Award of the Rhineland Palatinate and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals, the Pianist’s Choice, Prix Groupe de Rothschild (Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad) and the Rhine-Mosel Musikpreis document the professional path of this young pianist, who was named a Steinway Artist in 2009.