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.
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
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About the Author
Mark Mitchell is the author of Virtuosi and Vladimir de Pachmann both
published by Indiana University Press. He is the recipient of a John Simon
Guggenheim Fellowship for 2006-2007.
Allan Evans is the founder,
owner, and producer of Arbiter Recording Company. He lives in New York
Table of Contents
RosenAcknowledgmentsMoriz Rosenthal: A ChronologyIntroduction1. Autobiography Moriz
Rosenthal2. Review of a Concert by M. R. in Vienna Eduard Hanslick3. Letter to Lilli
Lehmann M. R.4. Review of a Concert by M. R. in Manchester Arthur Johnstone5.
Rosenthaliana Leonard Liebling6. The Diémer Competition, Paris  M. R.7. The
Bane of Virtuosity (excerpt) Lawrence Gilman8. From Music, The Mystery and the
Reality Paul Roës9. 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 Editor16. The Korngold Scandal17. From Franz Liszt
James Gibbons Huneker18. The Old and the New School of Piano Playing M. R.19. Review
of a Concert by M. R. Kaikhosru Sorabji20. Letter to Herbert Hughes M. R.21. Moriz
Rosenthal<N>Emil Sauer: and Modern Pianism Edward Prime-Stevenson22.
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 HumoristAppendix B. Annotated ConcertographyAppendix C.
Moriz Rosenthal CD Track List1. 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
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.
What People are Saying About This
"Rosenthal's reminiscences are essential reading for all who wonder where the magic has gone from the modern piano." —Normal Lebrecht
"This wonderfully researched and lovingly constructed book will introduce readers to a fascinating personality among pianists of the Golden Age." —Marc-Andre Hamelin