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Ivan Moravec – Pianist’s Pianist

April 19th, 2010 in Top Video Picks by | 2 comments

The name Ivan Moravec (b.1930) is held in high respect by executants and connoisseurs.
The Czech pianist’s recordings for Connoisseur Society were notable for their audiophile quality and nearly all of them remain available, long after the LP era, on CD reissues. Moravec has also recorded for several other labels including Vox, Dorian, Hänssler, and Supraphon. In 1998 a 2-CD compilation of Ivan Moravec recordings was published as part of the landmark Philips series, Great Pianists of the 20th Century. He is described by New Grove as one of the finest Chopin interpreters of that century. In 2000 Moravec was awarded the Charles IV Prize, the Czech Republic’s most prestigious acknowledgement of service to humanity. That same year President Václav Havel presented Moravec with the Medal of Merit for outstanding artistic achievements. In 2002 Moravec was awarded the Cannes Classical Award for lifetime achievement.

Here we can listen to Moravec recording and discussing Chopin:

Amazon: Samples of Moravec’s recordings of the Chopin Nocturnes


  • Very few pianist in the world can make music and the piano sing and project the way Maestro Moravec can do it.

    It is always a beautiful feeling in the heart to hear and artist of his calibre play and not does pianists who there only concern is to play as fast as possible.

    What an artist he is and how he loves the music he performs.

  • John Lewis Grant says:

    You really can’t say you’ve heard Chopin unless you’ve heard Moravec.

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