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The Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Plays Debussy: The Last Recital

Debussy / Michelangeli
Release Date: 01/31/2012 
Label:  Appassionato   Catalog #: 999101   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Despite the all too obvious technical deficiencies of this unprofessional tape, we still feel that this document is of inestimable value. What is also most unusual here is the fact that this was the only recital in which Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli hummed - and even sang - along here and there during sections of particular intensity. By releasing this momentuous document of Benedetti Michelangeli's last concert, the Memoria ABM label wishes to preserve for posteriority the spirit of perseverance and tenacity with which Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli pursued his life-long musical quest. Our edition attempts to reveal how this quest stamped and characterized ABM's artistic development in its full breadth and profundity. Read more


Tracklisting Children's Corner I. (1906-08) "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum 02:37
Children's Corner II. (1906-08) "Jimbo's Lullaby" 03:27
Children's Corner III. (1906-08) "Serenade for the Doll" 02:40
Children's Corner IV. (1906-08) "The snow is dancing" 02:43
Children's Corner V. (1906-08) "The little Sheperd" 02:25
Children's Corner VI. (1906-08) "Golliwogg's Cake-walk" 03:31
Images I (1905) I. "Reflets dans l'Eau" Andantino molto 05:20
Images I (1905) II. "Hommage à Rameau" Lent e grave 07:05
Images I (1905) III. "Mouvement" Animé 04:03
Images II (1907-8) I. "Cloches à travers les feuilles" Lent 04:28
Images II (1907-8) II. "Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut" Lent 05:31
Images II (1907-8) III. "Poissons d'or" Animé 04:53
Préludes Book I, 1: "Danseuses de Delphes", Lent et grave 03:16
Préludes Book I, 2: "Voiles", Modéré 04:01
Préludes Book I, 3: "Le vent dans la plaine", Animé 02:34
Préludes Book I, 4: "Les sons et les parfums...", Modéré 03:30
Préludes Book I, 5: "Les collines d'Anacapri.", Très Modéré 03:18
Préludes Book I, 6: "Des pas sur la neige", Triste et lent 04:16
Préludes Book I, 7: "Ce qu'a vu le vent de l'Ouest", Animé 04:04
Préludes Book I, 8: "La fille aux cheveux de lin", Très calme 02:26
Préludes Book I, 9: "La Sérenade interrompue", Modérément animé 02:47
Préludes Book I, 10: "La cathédrale engloutie", Profondement calme 06:23
Préludes Book I, 11: "La danse de Puck", Capricieux et léger 03:00
Préludes Book I, 12: "Minstrels", Modéré 03:04
Children's Corner I. (1906-08) "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum 02:37
Children's Corner II. (1906-08) "Jimbo's Lullaby" 03:27
Children's Corner III. (1906-08) "Serenade for the Doll" 02:40
Children's Corner IV. (1906-08) "The snow is dancing" 02:43
Children's Corner V. (1906-08) "The little Sheperd" Trés modéré 02:25
Children's Corner VI. (1906-08) "Golliwogg's Cake-walk" Allegro giusto 03:31
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Works on This Recording

1.
Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 05/07/1993 
Venue:  Musikhalle, Hamburg 
Length: 32 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Images for Piano, Set 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Date of Recording: 05/07/1993 
Venue:  Musikhalle, Hamburg 
Length: 16 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Images for Piano, Set 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 05/07/1993 
Venue:  Musikhalle, Hamburg 
Length: 14 Minutes 12 Secs. 
4.
Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Date of Recording: 05/07/1993 
Venue:  Musikhalle, Hamburg 
Length: 41 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Children's Corner: I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Children's Corner: II. Jimbo's Lullaby
Children's Corner: III. Serenade for a Doll
Children's Corner: IV. The Snow is Dancing
Children's Corner: V. The Little Shepherd
Children's Corner: VI. Golliwogg's Cake-Walk
Images, Book 1: No. 1. Reflets dans l'eau
Images, Book 1: No. 2. Hommage a Rameau
Images, Book 1: No. 3. Mouvement
Images, Book 2: No. 1. Cloches a travers les feuilles
Images, Book 2: No. 2. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
Images, Book 2: No. 3. Poissons d'or
Preludes, Book 1: No. 1. Danseuses de Delphes
Preludes, Book 1: No. 2. Voiles
Preludes, Book 1: No. 3. Le vent dans la plaine
Preludes, Book 1: No. 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
Preludes, Book 1: No. 5. Les collines d'Anacapri
Preludes, Book 1: No. 6. Des pas sur la neige
Preludes, Book 1: No. 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
Preludes, Book 1: No. 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
Preludes, Book 1: No. 9. La serenade interrompue
Preludes, Book 1: No. 10. La cathedrale engloutie
Preludes, Book 1: No. 11. La danse de Puck
Preludes, Book 1: No. 12. Minstrels
Children's Corner: I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Children's Corner: II. Jimbo's Lullaby
Children's Corner: III. Serenade for a Doll
Children's Corner: IV. The Snow is Dancing
Children's Corner: V. The Little Shepherd
Children's Corner: VI. Golliwogg's Cake-Walk

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