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Schumann, Brahms, Bach-Busoni / Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli


Release Date: 04/06/2004 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 62757   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachJohannes BrahmsRobert SchumannFerruccio Busoni
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Michelangeli's and Bolet's Carnaval, the latter on Decca, share a number of great virtues and minor limitations. The scale of their playing is grand and imperious, without any of the forced quality heard from various young or middle-aged pretenders; their intimate confiding is as free from eccentricity as their public declamation is free from hysteria. On the other hand at comparatively late stages in their careers neither is prepared to take on pieces like "Paganini" with the reckless abandon they once might have displayed; and the calculation behind their rubato can make them sound either puritanical (Bolet) or mannered (Michelangeli).

So if you are looking for mistiness or susceptibility in your Schumann it would
Read more be best to steer clear—Michelangeli is as charmless in "Chiarina" as Bolet is stolid in "Eusebius", and neither is a spontaneous "Coquette". But if you are prepared to grant that no single performance can be all-embracing you can find formidably articulate pianism and interpretative wisdom in both of these.

...Michelangeli sets Carnaval in the framework of three extracts from the Album fur die Jugend—the "Sailor's Song" and the two "Wintertime" pieces—presumably because the last of these contains a pointed reminiscence of Carnaval's "March of the Davidsbündler".

-- Gramophone [7/1988]
reviewing the original CD release of the Schumann recordings, EMI 49325, along with Bolet, Decca 417401

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The Bach, recorded in 1948, is...a superb performance notable not only for its staggering digital control (few other pianists can offer this level of detail and precision), but also for its wide-ranging color and touch (from steel to soufflé) and for its often shocking (but always compelling) bending of the tempos. The Brahms (recorded, also in 1948, with Michelangeli’s own excisions and re-orderings) is similarly impressive as it leaps effortlessly from the hard-boiled to the feathery. Both performances, even when the rubato is extreme, have a kind of forward momentum entirely absent from Carnaval.

-- Peter J. Rabinowitz, FANFARE [9/2004]
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Works on This Recording

1. 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 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
2. Carnaval, Op. 9 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1835; Germany 
3. Album für die Jugend, Op. 68: no 37, Matrosenlied by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Germany 
4. Album für die Jugend, Op. 68: no 38, Winterszeit no 1 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Germany 
5. Album für die Jugend, Op. 68: no 39, Winterszeit no 2 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Germany 
6. Chaconne, transcription for piano in D minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), KiV B24 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 

Sound Samples

3 Sonatas and 3 Partitas BWV1001-1006 (1992 Digital Remaster): Chaconne (arr. Busoni)
Variations on a theme by Paganini Op.35 (1992 Digital Remaster): Variations I - VIII
Variations on a theme by Paganini Op.35 (1992 Digital Remaster): Variations X - XII
Variations on a theme by Paganini Op.35 (1992 Digital Remaster): Variations I & II
Variations on a theme by Paganini Op.35 (1992 Digital Remaster): Variations V - VIII
Variations on a theme by Paganini Op.35 (1992 Digital Remaster): Variations X - XIII
Variations on a theme by Paganini Op.35 (1992 Digital Remaster): Variations III & IV
Variations on a theme by Paganini Op.35 (1992 Digital Remaster): Variations XIII & XIV
Album für die Jugend, Op.68 (2004 Digital Remaster): No.38 Winterzeit
Album für die Jugend, Op.68 (2004 Digital Remaster): No.37 Matrosenlied
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Préambule Quasi maestoso - Più moto - Animato - Vivo - Presto
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Pierrot. Moderato
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Arlequin. Vivo
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Valse noble. Un poco maestoso
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Eusebius. Adagio
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Florestan. Passionato
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Coquette. Vivo
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Réplique. L'istesso tempo (-Sphinxes)
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Papillons. Prestissimo
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): A.S.C.H._S.C.H.A (Lettres dansantes). Presto
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Chiarina. Passionato
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Chopin. Agitato
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Estrella. Con affetto
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Reconnaissance. Animato
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Pantalon et Colombine. Presto
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Valse allemande. Molto vivace
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Paganini. Intermezzo. Presto
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Aveu. Passionato
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Promenade. Comodo
Carnaval, Op.9 (2004 Digital Remaster): Marche des 'Davidsbündler' contre les Philistines. Non Allegro-Molto più vivo - Animato - Vivo - Animato molto - Vivo - Più stretto
Album fur die Jugend op.68 (2004 Digital Remaster): No.39 Winterszeit II

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