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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - Bach, Beethoven, Mompou


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 64490   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenEdvard GriegFederico Mompou,   ... 
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Brahms Variations and the Bach/Busoni were recorded in London on October 26th and 27th, 1948 respectively. Michelangeli was still only 28. The accompanying booklet reminds us that the Variations originally bore the title Studien, and certainly in the young pianist's performance one gets the impression that the composer is putting the instrument through its paces. The reading starts off in an almost angry mood and there is little in the way of expressive warmth throughout. Variation 12 of Book 1, however, features playing of such ravishing aural beauty that I would be hard pressed to name another recording that could be compared with it, excepting the Mompou mentioned below. Sadly, though, neither the Brahms nor the Bach/Busoni are at Read more all well recorded: aside from some distortion in pitch, the instrument has little presence or sonority.

The Chaconne is a forbidding, massive version, with colouristic possibilities and virtuosity exploited to the full. From a purely musical standpoint the Beethoven emerges as by far and away the more convincing interpretation and, incidentally, it is excellently recorded. There is real temperament here, and this is kept in order by an unshakable poise which ensures that the structure is not allowed to disintegrate. What wonderful directness and simplicity of phrasing in the adagio slow movement!

The shorter pieces, it has to be said, are not all of equal quality. Michelangeli's Scarlatti lacks Horowitz's magic, and in the Grieg Lyric Pieces, recorded when he was only 19, one already notices a tendency to use the music primarily as a study in tone production. The Albeniz and Granados favourites (from Recuerdos viaje and the Danzas espanolas respectively) are both wilful in the extreme, however mysterious their effect. The Cancion y danza No. 1 of Mompou is quite definitely the pearl. A stupendous use of tone-colour sets the playing apart from that of the mere mortals one usually hears doing their best at the piano.'

James Methuen-Campbell, Gramophone 8/1993
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Works on This Recording

1. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/27/1948 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studio 3, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Feruccio Busoni 
2. 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 
Date of Recording: 1941 
Venue:  Milano 
Length: 22 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3. Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47: no 5, Melancholy by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1939 
Venue:  Milano 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 5, Cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1939 
Venue:  Milano 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
5. Cançons i dansas (14): no 1, Petiteta l'han casada/La dansa de Castelltersol by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1942 
Venue:  Milano 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6. Recuerdos de Viaje, Op. 71: no 8, Rumores de la caleta by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 1942 
Venue:  Milano 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7. Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 5, Andaluza by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1939 
Venue:  Milano 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
8. 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: 1942 
Venue:  Milano 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
9. 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: 10/26/1948 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studio No 3, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 12 Secs. 
10. Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 11/L 352 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1942 
Venue:  Milano 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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