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Van Cliburn Competition 1993 Gold Medalist / Simone Pedroni


Release Date: 07/28/2011 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 438905   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovPaul HindemithModest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Simone Pedroni
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Baba Yaga" is truly feroce, the concluding "Great Gate at Kiev" exultantly maestoso, and, throughout, Pedroni's towering technical resource resolves every difficulty with magisterial ease.

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is alive and well. For, if too few of its previous major prize-winners have gone on to confirm their early status, this exceptionally well presented and recorded set tells us that 1993 was a vintage year. A whole record is rightly devoted to Italy's Simone Pedroni (first prize) who shows, with classic strength and maturity, that it is possible to invest every nook and cranny of Mussorgsky's Pictures with vivid and imaginative life without recourse to wilful
Read more idiosyncrasy or distortion (I am thinking of RCA's recent reissue of Horowitz's extraordinary conflation—to be reviewed). "Baba-yaga", most deeply feared of all Russian witches, is truly feroce, the concluding "Great Gate at Kiev" exultantly maestoso, and, throughout, Pedroni's towering technical resource resolves every difficulty with magisterial ease. He is no less convincing in Rachmaninov's Second Sonata (played, alas, in the composer's still fashionable revision), and if his performance of Hindemith's lurid 1922 Suite is less authoritative than Richter's (Decca, 3/93)—his "Ragtime" less trenchant, the tenutos in "Boston" less agonizing or distended—it is still highly impressive.

-- Gramophone [4/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Simone Pedroni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Live  Van Cliburn Competition, Texas 
2. Suite for Piano, Op. 26 "1922" by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Simone Pedroni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Germany 
Venue:  Van Cliburn Competition, Texas 
3. Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Simone Pedroni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 

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