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HOFMANN, Josef: Historical Recordings (1916-1923)

Artist(s) Hofmann, Josef, piano
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.111326
Label Naxos Historical
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Josef Hofmann was one of the greatest pianists of any age. His unique abilities incorporated a technique second to none, and a clarity and pureness of tone that has probably never been heard since his death. Always in total command of everything he played, Hofmann presented each work with an impression of complete facility of execution. The acoustic recordings on this disc include stunning performances of Liszt’s Tarantella from Venezia e Napoliand Moszkowski’s Caprice espagnole, both notable for supremely accurate repeated notes. In the extraordinary performance of Chopin’s Nocturne in F sharp, Op. 15, No. 2, Hofmann’s wonderful singing legato tone is coupled with his understanding of



Review By David Denton,Naxos,August 2008

Even at a time when the world was deluged by great touring virtuoso pianists, Josef Hofmann stood out from the crowd as someone of very special gifts both technically and musically. He had been born in Poland in 1876 to a family of professional musicians, had mastered the basics of music by the age of three and gave his first professional concert at the Warsaw Opera House two years later. By the age of nine he was touring Europe including performances of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto in London and Berlin. Two years later he was in the United States beginning a tour that would include eighty concerts performing four times per week. He astounded his audiences, but the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children stopped the tour, and an unknown benefactor paid his father


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