The booklet describes how the recording tries to reproduce a concert Moscheles gave in Vienna in 1823, using two different fortepianos. He played part of the concert on a Viennese fortepiano (with a light action) and part on an English fortepiano (with a heavy action). The English fortepiano was actually Beethoven\'s own Broadwood instrument who had lent it to Moscheles for that occasion. Moscheles tried to show to the public the special merits of each instrument. But the Viennese public favoured their own instrument in the end.
Frankly, I find that the recording does not too convincingly bring out the difference in sound of the two instruments. By contrast, a recording that very successfully manages to put across the gorgeous, specific sound colours and effects of a typical Viennese instrument, would be \"Fortepiano Music from the Netherlands\", released here as a torrent the other day.
This rare Moscheles recording includes, among other compositions:
Grosse Sonate für das Pianoforte, op.41
Sonate mélancolique, op. 49
Characteristic Tribute to Malibran, op 94
Performer: Tom Beghin (on two different fortepianos)