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The New York Concerts Vol 1 / Mordecai Shehori

Release Date: 11/24/1999 
Label:  Cembal D'amour   Catalog #: 107   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsFrédéric ChopinMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Mordecai Shehori
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A pupil of the late, vastly underrated Romanian pianist Mindru Katz, Israeli-born Mordecai Shehori, now in his early 50s, has been a fixture on the New York piano scene for more than two decades. Some listeners admire Shehori for his freewheeling approach to the composer's text, while others find him self-indulgent and at times eccentric in his interpretations. He basically behaves himself throughout this compilation culled from a 1977 Alice Tully Hall recital, although the close-up recording can't quite digest the pianist's booming left hand octaves that propel Brahms' F minor Sonata into supersonic regions avoided by other pianists. I'm reminded of the young Julius Katchen's similarly unfettered Brahms F minor (Philips), that boasts more Read more respose and singing tone in the slow movement. Chopin's F major (Op. 15 No. 1) and B major (Op. 9 No. 3) get intense, well-articulated readings, as does Shehori's febrile C-sharp minor Scherzo. The pianist's push-pull energies leave Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit with an unsettled taste, missing the color and rock-steady control of Michelangeli's unique version (Philips), or the diabolic edge of the Argerich and Pogorelich recordings. The recordings resemble good, semi-professional archival tapings and can't really compete, sonically speaking, with the best-engineered versions of these works on the market. Piano specialists, though, who collect multiple versions of the Brahms will want to add this one to their larder.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 5 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mordecai Shehori (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 1 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mordecai Shehori (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 3 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mordecai Shehori (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mordecai Shehori (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Mordecai Shehori (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 

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