Michelangeli - The Early Recordings Volume 1

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Michelangeli - The Early Recordings Volume 1

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111351
(8.111351)

Discs:

1

Release date:

27th Oct 2008

Barcode:

0747313335121

Length:

79 minutes

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Michelangeli - The Early Recordings Volume 1


Albéniz:

Recuerdos de Viaje, Op. 71: No. 6 - Rumores de la caleta

Recorded in Milan, c. December 1941–February 1942

Bach, J S:

Italian Concerto, BWV971

Recorded in Milan, 22nd January 1943

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

(arr. Busoni) Recorded in London, 27th October 1948

Brahms:

Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35

Recorded in London, 26th October 1948

Galuppi:

Presto in B flat

Recorded in London, 27th October 1948

Granados:

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 5 'Andaluza'

Recorded in Milan, c. November–December 1939

Marescotti:

Fantasque

Recorded in Milan, c. November–December 1939

Mompou:

Cancion y danza No. 1

Recorded in Milan, c. December 1941–February 1942

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K96 in D major

Recorded in Milan, 1941-1943

Keyboard Sonata K27 in B minor

Recorded in Milan, 1941-1943

Keyboard Sonata K11 in C minor

Recorded in Milan, 1941-1943

Keyboard Sonata K9 in D minor

Recorded in Milan, 1941-1943

Tomeoni, P:

Allegro in G

Recorded in Milan, 22nd January 1943


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Michelangeli’s first recordings were made for HMV in Milan in 1939, following his win at the Geneva International Piano Competition.

In Granados’s Andaluza Michelangeli uses a soulful singing tone to great advantage, while his phenomenal virtuoso technique can be heard in Marescotti’s Fantasque, one of the test pieces for the Geneva Competition. These and the 1948 recordings of Bach, Galuppi and Brahms demonstrate that as a young man Michelangeli was already a consummate artist.

As a critic wrote about the recording of the Brahms Paganini Variations: “What a pianist! Technically, the playing is astonishing: interpretatively, here is a very great musician…altogether this is the most exciting piano performance and recording I have heard for many a long day.”

“Apollonian stance and awe-inspiring control….. The dynamic range reinforces the Lisztian patina of Michelangeli's conception….[a] ravishing, multi-layered sound world.” Classics Today

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in the Italian Style, BWV 971, "Italian Concerto"

I. Allegro

II. Andante

III. Presto

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne (arr. F. Busoni)

Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: V. Ciaccona (Chaconne) (arr. F. Busoni for piano)

Pellegrino Tomeoni: Allegro in G major

Allegro in G major

Baldassare Galuppi: Presto in B flat major

Presto in B flat major

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D major, K.96/L.465/P.210

Keyboard Sonata in D major, K.96/L.465/P.210

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in B minor, K.27/L.449/P.83

Keyboard Sonata in B minor, K.27/L.449/P.83

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in C minor, K.11/L.352/P.67

Keyboard Sonata in C minor, K.11/L.352/P.67

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K.9/L.413/P.65

Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K.9/L.413/P.65

Johannes Brahms: 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35

Theme

Variation I

Variation II

Variation III

Variation IV

Variation V

Variation VI

Variation VII

Variation VIII

Variation X

Variation XI

Variation XII

Variation I

Variation II

Variation V

Variation VI

Variation VII

Variation VIII

Variation X

Variation XI

Variation XII

Variation XIII

Variation III

Variation IV

Variation XIII

Variation XIV

Enrique Granados: 12 Danzas espanolas, Op. 37, DLR I:2

12 Danzas espanolas (Spanish Dances), Op. 37: No. 5. Andaluza (Playera)

Andre-Francois Marescotti: Fantasque

Fantasque

Isaac Albeniz: Recuerdos de viaje, Op. 71

Recuerdos de viaje, Op. 71: No. 8. Rumores de la Caleta, Malaguena

Federico Mompou: Cancons i danses

Canco i dansa No. 1

BBC Music Magazine

February 2009

*****

“Was Michelangeli's best playing his earliest? Here's a remarkable artist - overwhelmingly masterful in Brahms's Paganini Variations, engaging in Bach, poetic in Scarlatti, impulsive and haunting in Granados and Albéniz.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Michelangeli ranks among the grandest of all musical autocrats. And when his transcendent mastery is complemented by warmth, wit and charm, such additions are beyond price. Early in his career he possessed a Romantic as well as magisterial charisma, and listening to his performance of Bach's Italian Concerto with its wealth of colour, nuance and resilience is to be reminded that a human heart beat beneath that legendary froideur. What sparkle, too, in Tomeoni's G major Allegro and how he plays the arch-seducer to the manner born in Albé- niz's Malagueña. Granados's Andaluza is heavily but irresistibly personalised, all fun and fancyfree; hardly for lovers of a more 'correct' Spanish style, while Marescotti's Fantasque is spun off with a virtuosity as life-enhancing as it is thrilling.
Michelangeli's reordering of the Brahms Paganini Variations is odd, but his performance remains of classic status. So, too, does his way with the Bach/Busoni Chaconne with his rapid tempi and lean, not-an-ounce-of-fat way with Busoni's maestoso instruction. This is an issue that all lovers of great artistry will pounce on, particularly when so enticingly offered on Naxos's bargain label.”

Gramophone Magazine

March 2009

“Michelangeli ranks among the grandest of all musical autocrats. And when his transcendent mastery is complemented by warmth, wit and charm, such additions are beyond price. This is an issue that all lovers of great artistry will pounce on…”

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