Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli: Live Performances

Release Date: 3/15/2019
Label: Profil
Catalog Number: PH18063
Number of Discs: 10

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CD
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Notes and Editorial Reviews
According to Joachim Kaiser in his book "Grosse Pianisten unserer Zeit" (great pianists of our time), there is "among all the pianists in the whole world not one who takes such pains to perform for the sheer beauty of the music as Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli". The career of ABM, as he was known, was frequently interrupted due to ill health and can best be documented through his public performances, which also form the nucleus of this compilation. Critics described his reading of Brahms's Paganini Variations and the Bach Chaconne arranged by Busoni as "exemplary" and said that Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920–1995) had "set new benchmarks" with his recordings of Debussy, Ravel and Rachmaninov. In their book "Pianistenprofile", a handbook of 600 pianists' biographies published by Bärenreiter, Ingo Harden and Gregor Willmes describe ABM's Scarlatti Sonatas as exhibiting "flawless, hitherto unsurpassed tonal perfection and harmony". After first practising the piano with his father, ABM went in 1931 to study for three years at the Milan Conservatoire, where he graduated at 14. He then gave his first concerts and from 1938 taught piano himself, first in Bologna and later in Venice. In 1939 he won first prize at the Concours International d'Exécution musicale in Geneva, playing Liszt's E flat major Concerto. In 1946 he embarked upon his first tour to the UK, followed by a tour of the USA culminating in 1950 in an acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall. An illness of the respiratory tract then put his career on hold for quite some time. In 1965 Michelangeli founded his own music festival in Brescia and Bergamo, and he was its Artistic Director until 1969. A severe dispute with the Italian tax authorities ended his performing career there, and in 1988 he suffered a heart attack during a concert in Bordeaux which further greatly reduced his ability to perform in public. He gave his last concert in Hamburg in 1993.

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REVIEW:

Despite an often unsatisfying sound quality and some poor performances of the Italian orchestras, this set with historical recordings is a valuable box for everyone interested in the younger Benedetti-Michelangeli.

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Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841-1845 ; Germany
2. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1809 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868/1907 ; Norway
4. Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1800 ; Vienna, Austria
5. Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1839-1840 ; Germany
6. Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1908 ; France
7. Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929-1931 ; France
8. 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
9. Chaconne for Piano in D minor (after Bach, BWV 1004), K B24 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: ?1897 ;
10. Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
11. Sonata for Piano no 5 in C major by Baldassare Galuppi
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 18th Century ; Italy
12. Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906-1908 ; France
13. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Paris, France
14. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Paris, France
15. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 2 in A minor, B 18 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Poland
16. Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; Paris, France
17. Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837 ; Paris, France
18. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 133 "Sostenuto" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Paris, France
19. Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46 by César Franck
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885 ; France
20. Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849/1856 ; Weimar, Germany
21. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926/1941 ; USA
22. Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1784 ; Vienna, Austria
23. Concerto for Piano no 13 in C major, K 415 (387b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1782-1783 ; Vienna, Austria
24. Concerto for Keyboard in D major, H 18 no 11 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: by 1784 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
25. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1785 ; Vienna, Austria
26. Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
27. Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849/1859 ; Weimar, Germany
28. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841-1845 ; Germany
29. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 2 in A minor, B 18 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Poland
30. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 4 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837-1838 ; Paris, France
31. Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830-1831 ; Vienna, Austria
32. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 5, Cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; Norway
33. Sonata for Piano in C major: Presto by Baldassare Galuppi
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Classical
34. Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 11/L 352 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque
35. Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
36. Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 322/L 483 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
37. 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
38. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 133 "Sostenuto" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Paris, France
39. Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1839-1840 ; Germany
40. Images for Piano, Set 1: no 2, Hommage à Rameau by Claude Debussy
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905 ; France
41. Cançons i Danses (Songs and Dances): 1. by Federico Mompou
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Modern
Written: 1942-1962 ;
42. Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 27/L 449 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
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