Michelangeli - The Early Recordings Volume 3

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Michelangeli - The Early Recordings Volume 3

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111396
(8.111396)

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st Oct 2012

Barcode:

0747313339624

Length:

77 minutes

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Michelangeli - The Early Recordings Volume 3

1939-1948


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Antonio Pedrotti & Alceo Galliera

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Michelangeli was a peerless aristocrat of the piano. He had made his recording début for HMV in Milan in 1939, and in 1942 went into studios in the same city to record two major concertos for German Telefunken. Schumann’s Piano Concerto is played with a dazzling, almost improvisatory freedom, whereas the Grieg Piano Concerto is a forthright, poetic and virtuosic performance, albeit one of great warmth. The smaller pieces reveal his outstanding gradations of tone. Remarkably, Michelangeli never re-recorded either concerto again in the studio.

Ward Marston, producer and audio restoration engineer

Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

I. Allegro affettuoso

II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso

III. Allegro vivace

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

I. Allegro molto moderato

II. Adagio

III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato

Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43

Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 5. Erotic

Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Book 4, Op. 47

Lyric Pieces, Book 4, Op. 47: No. 5. Melancholy

Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68

Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68: No. 5. Lullaby

Claude Debussy: Images, Book 1

Images, Book 1: No. 1. Reflets dans l'eau

Gramophone Magazine

May 2013

“the Schumann Concerto is as disappointing as the Grieg is subtle and mercurial, a classic illustration of the paradox at the heart of this great pianist...with the Grieg you enter another world, one where lyricism and piquancy complement flashes of a unique command in the cadenza.”

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