As a pianist, Rosenthal was unparalleled: his legato touch came from Chopin through his pupil Mikuli; his awareness of composition was developed by Liszt; his Brahms interpretation shaped by the composer himself; and his ingeniously crafted piano-paraphrases memorialized his friendship with Johann Strauss II. Yet Rosenthal’s pianistic abilities were married to a rare intellectual erudition—a knowledge of literature, history, philology, science, philosophy, and society that few pianists have ever matched, let alone surpassed.
In these striking pieces, we see every facet of Rosenthal: memoirist, social critic, pedagogue, and virtuoso. He could write with gravity and pathos, yet his famous and sometimes devastating wit is legendary. This volume combines Rosenthal’s writings with critical assessments of the pianist by such contemporaries as Eduard Hanslick, Edward Prime-Stevenson, and Hugo Wolf. It is rounded out with an illuminating preface by Charles Rosen, perhaps Rosenthal’s most renowned pupil; a discography and concertography; and a CD featuring never-before-released Rosenthal recordings.
|"These recordings and others will satisfy the curiosity that must be provoked by the opportunity here afforded; and, for that opportunity, we must acknowledge the informed and valuable work of Mark Mitchell and Allan Evans." —Chronicles , July 2006
"This is a valuable work for pianists and an enjoyable read for everyone. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Inclusive music libraries serving readers at all levels." —Choice
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Table of Contents
Preface Charles Rosen
Moriz Rosenthal: A Chronology
1. Autobiography Moriz Rosenthal
2. Review of a Concert by M. R. in Vienna Eduard Hanslick
3. Letter to Lilli Lehmann M. R.
4. Review of a Concert by M. R. in Manchester Arthur Johnstone
5. Rosenthaliana Leonard Liebling
6. The Diémer Competition, Paris  M. R.
7. The Bane of Virtuosity (excerpt) Lawrence Gilman
8. From Music, The Mystery and the Reality Paul Roës
9. On Liszt's Don Juan Fantasie M. R.
10. A Stroll with Ferruccio Busoni M. R.
11. Mahleriana M. R.
12. Czar Alexander II M. R.
13. Review of a Concert by M. R. H. C. C.
14. Letter to the Editor M. R.
15. As Others See Us: H. C. C.'s Response to M. R.'s Letter to the Editor
16. The Korngold Scandal
17. From Franz Liszt James Gibbons Huneker
18. The Old and the New School of Piano Playing M. R.
19. Review of a Concert by M. R. Kaikhosru Sorabji
20. Letter to Herbert Hughes M. R.
21. Moriz RosenthalEmil Sauer: and Modern Pianism Edward Prime-Stevenson
22. Schumann's Carnaval M. R.
23. Anton Rubinstein's Concert in Pressburg M. R.
24. My Memories of Johannes Brahms M. R.
25. Brahmsiana M. R.
26. Brahms and Johann Strauss II M. R.
27. Review of a Concert by M. R. G. C.
28. Letter to the Editor M. R.
29. Review of a Concert by M. R.
30. Aphorisms M. R.
31. On the Question of Applause M. R.
Appendix A. Rosenthal as Humorist
Appendix B. Annotated Concertography
Appendix C. Discography
Moriz Rosenthal CD Track List
1. Frédéric Chopin, Nocturne in D flat, Op. 27. No. 2 5:01
rec. on May 22, 1936. mtx: 2EA 3641-5 HMV DB 2926
2. Frédéric Chopin, Sonata no. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, Allegro Maestoso 8:46
rec. on June 27, 1939. test pressing mtx. CS 040220/1
3. Frédéric Chopin, Sonata no. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, Scherzo 2:39
rec. on June 22, 1939. test pressing mtx. CS 040206
4. Frédéric Chopin, Sonata no. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, Largo 9:09
rec. on June 2 3, 1939. test pressing mtx. CS 040211 72
5. Frédéric Chopin, Sonata no. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, Finale* 5:09
rec. on June 26, 1939. test pressing mtx. CS 040215 16-2
6. Frédéric Chopin, Sonata no. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, Largo (truncated)* 5:33
broadcast by the BBC, I.ondon on March 23, 1935 (courtesy of the National Sound Archive)
7. Frédéric Chopin, Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3 1:59
rec. on March 3. 1931. mtx. 2-21783-2, Decca 25268
8. Frédéric Chopin, Etude in G flat, Op. 10 No. 5 1:43
rec. on March 3. 1931. mtx. 2-21783-2, Decca 25268
9. Frédéric Chopin, Etude in C, Op. 10 No. 1 2:08
rec. on March 3, 1931. mtx. 2-21784, Decca 25268
10. Frédéric Chopin, Mazurka m G, Op. 67 No. 1 1:25
rec. on March 3, 1931. mtx. 2-21783-2, Decca 25268
11. Chopin-Liszt: My Joys* 4:16
rec. on March 18, 1942. test pressing CS 97 3 45 2-2
12. Albeniz: Triana 4:12
rec. on May 29, 1929. mix. 2-21461, Decca 25875
13. Strauss-Rosenthal: Blue Danube Waltz 7:37
rec. on March 6, 1931. mtx. 2-2178586, Parlophone P 9562
14. Franz Schubert: Moment Musical No. 3 2:03
rec. on October 22, 1937. mtx. OEA 3645-2
15. Schubert-Liszt: Soirée de Vienne 5:10
rec. on May 25. 1936. mtx. OEA 36478, HMV DA 1510
16. Frédéric Chopin, Valse in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2 3:53
rec. on May 22, 1936. mix. 2EA 2625-4, HMV DB 2772
17. Frédéric Chopin, Mazurka in B,Op. 63 No. 1 2:14
rec. on October 22, 1937. mtx. OEA 5505-2, HMV DA 1660
Total playing time: 73:06
* previously unpublished recording
Producer: Allan Evans; Restoration: Studio FS Roma; Our gratitude to Donald Hodgman, the late Philip Stern, Jonathan Summers, the National Sound Archive, Daniel Sbardella, Donald McCormick, and The Rodgers and Hammerstem Archives of Recorded Sound (New York Public
Library at Lincoln Center) for the kind use of their recordings.