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Feltsman sweeps through the Preludes with genuine poetic bravura. There is a daring and Romantic fire in the playing, reflecting his highly publicized struggle to leave the Soviet Union.
Without even playing a note, Feltsman became one of America's best known pianists last year because of his highly publicized struggle over the past eight years to leave the Soviet Union. Years before then, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Misha Dichter and others had given benefit concerts protesting at Feltsman's detention in the Soviet Union, which began when he was denied a request for emigration and subsequently stripped of his career. His musical reputation preceded him, too. Last year, CBS released a recording of him playing the Chopin
Preludes live at the American Embassy, showing he had handily surpassed the promise implied by his early Melodiya recordings.
-- David Patrick Stearns, Gramophone [5/1988]
Feltsman sweeps through the 24 Preludes with genuine poetic bravura. ...[T]here is a daring and Romantic fire in the playing which only add to the agony of his plight...
-- Allan Ulrich, Los Angeles Times [7/27/1986]
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