Filmed at the RTSI Auditorium, Lugano, 7 April 1981
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“I do not play for others, but only for myself in the service of the composer. It makes no difference whether there is an audience or not; when I am at the keyboard I am lost. And I think of what I play, and of the sound that comes forth, which is a product of the mind.“ Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
“The Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-95) was a legend in his own lifetime - renowned for his beautifully polished sound, clarity of execution, strict fidelity to the composer and awareness of
harmonic subtleties. Everything was planned to the highest degree of musical and technical perfection: Michelangeli was not one for freedoms, excesses, rubatos or outbursts of spontaneity. He played the way he
was - with a seemingly unshakeable aristocratic reserve… Brahms's Four Ballades Op.10 benefit most from his introspective approach, especially in the climax to the "Edward" Ballade.”
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