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Michelangeli Plays Beethoven

Michelangeli / Beethoven / Galuppi / Scarlatti
Release Date: 01/17/2006 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 939  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenDomenico ScarlattiBaldassare Galuppi
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

REGIONS: All Regions
PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
APPROX RUN TIME: 84 Mins
SOUND: LPCM MONO
SUBTITLES: N/A
NO OF DISCS: 1

The legendary Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920 - 1995), playing at the height of his powers, performs two Beethoven sonatas in an historic recording now digitally restored and re-mastered. He also plays earlier sonatas by Scarlatti and Galuppi.

Michelangeli's fine control and perfect clarity - always present in his playing - have positioned him as one of the most outstanding recording artists of any generation.

Few pianists can have achieved such an exalted reputation with so slender a repertoire as Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli –
Read more but then, everything he played was honed to perfection. Of the 32 Beethoven sonatas, he performed no more than a handful.

These are rare archive recordings. In 1962 Michelangeli agreed to record a series of televised studio performances for RAI Turin, though not without laying down strict stipulations: the camera set-ups were to be minimal, and there were to be no facial close-ups. Those limitations explain the austere visual style of the recordings presented here, but the light they shed on Michelangeli’s artistry is in no way diminished – indeed, the restraint of the camera-work enables us to concentrate without distraction on the musical performances. Even between individual movements of the same work there is no edit, and it is clear that these are single-take interpretations.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 11/L 352 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
4.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 159/L 104 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 322/L 483 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
6.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 27/L 449 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
7.
Sonata for Keyboard in C major by Baldassare Galuppi
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Italy 

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