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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Vol 1


Release Date: 04/17/2007 
Label:  Membran International Gmbh   Catalog #: 223042   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFrédéric ChopinRobert SchumannLudwig van Beethoven,   ... 
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti MichelangeliClaude-Henry JoubertJean-Pierre WallezFrancqui Dariel,   ... 
Conductor:  Edmond de StoutzGianandrea GavazzeniDimitri MitropoulosAlfred Wallenstein,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber OrchestraItalian Radio Symphony Orchestra RomeItalian Radio Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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10 CD SET!

One of the most elusive of the towering figures of pianism in the twentieth century, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is considered one of the most important Italian pianists ever. His studio recordings are quite limited relative to other pianists of his stature, as is the repertoire he chose to perform; Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, Brahms, some Chopin, some Liszt and a few others. His obsessive perfectionism may have limited the extent to which he explored the standard repertoire, but in this particular set, and the accompanying Volume 2, we have a chance to see beyond the approved studio recordings, to the diversity of numerous live
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Indeed, everything in this 10 CD box is compiled from live performances, primarily in Italy and Switzerland from whence the somewhat reclusive and unpredictable artist apparently rarely strayed. Thankfully, the vast majority of what is captured here is all in remarkably good sound, though with the occasional audience coughs, etc. to be found as expected in some of the performances. Only a few of the works suffer in sonic terms at all. In short, for anyone at all interested in the repertoire here, or this most extraordinary artist, this 10 CD box is really quite an irresistible proposition and there is absolutely no reason to hesitate. Highly recommended!

ALSO AVAILABLE - Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Vol 2

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Conductor:  Edmond de Stoutz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, K 493 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Claude-Henry Joubert (Viola), Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano), Jean-Pierre Wallez (Violin),
Francqui Dariel (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1985 
4.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Date of Recording: 1985 
5.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1985 
6.
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1968 
8.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59: no 3 in F sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967 
9.
Waltz(es) for Piano in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1964 
10.
Carnaval, Op. 9 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1835; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1968 
11.
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839-1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in B flat major, Op. 22 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1981 
13.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1981 
14.
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 
Date of Recording: 1990 
15.
Ballades (4) for Piano, Op. 10 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973 
16.
Variations (28) for Piano on a theme by Paganini, Op. 35 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1863; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973 
17.
Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 1968 
18.
Images for Piano, Set 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Date of Recording: 1987 
19.
Images for Piano, Set 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 1987 
20.
Préludes, Book 1: no 1, Danseuses de Delphes by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
21.
Préludes, Book 1: no 2, Voiles by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
22.
Préludes, Book 1: no 4, Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
23.
Préludes, Book 1: no 7, Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
24.
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
25.
Préludes, Book 1: no 9, La sérénade interrompue by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
26.
Préludes, Book 1: no 10, La cathédrale engloutie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
27.
Préludes, Book 1: no 11, La danse de Puck by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
28.
Préludes, Book 1: no 12, Minstrels by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
29.
Chaconne for Piano in D minor (after Bach, BWV 1004), K B24 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1897 
30.
Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1943 
31.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 96/L 465 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1943 
32.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 29/L 461 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 1952 
33.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 11/L 352 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1969 
34.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 159/L 104 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1969 
35.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 322/L 483 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1969 
36.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 1969 
37.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 27/L 449 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 1969 
38.
Presto in B flat major by Baldassare Galuppi
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1941 
39.
Sonata for Piano in C major by Baldassare Galuppi
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1962 
40.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1990 
41.
Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1985 
42.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1988 
43.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1962 
44.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1962 
45.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 2 in A minor, B 18 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1962 
46.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 4 in F minor, B 168 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967 
47.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 41: no 4 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967 
48.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 1 in G sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967 
49.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 2 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967 
50.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 2 in G minor, B 167 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967 
51.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 4 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967 
52.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 4/28/1962 
Venue:  Live Vatican City 
53.
Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1859; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 4/28/1962 
Venue:  Live Vatican City 
54.
Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123: Gloria by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ferruccio Mazzoli (Bass), Agostino Lazzari (Tenor), Dora Carrai (Soprano),
Anna Maria Casoni (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 4/28/1962 
Venue:  Live Vatican City 
55.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948 
56.
Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46 by César Franck
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Date of Recording: 1949 
57.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1942 

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