M. H. Miller

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Location: UK


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After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern &hellip by Kenneth Hamilton
Little to add to Amazon's excellent introductory material and the other reviews. I'm not any sort of specialist, don't play an instrument; solo piano music is among my favourite listening, with a special place for older recordings, e.g. Cortot, or Rubinstein in the 1930s. I found this book very readable; I took it a bit at a time. It's written with character and personality, not a dry tome at all. It ranges from Mozart to (just) Schoenberg/Busoni.
Two points:
1. The author clearly favours "emotionally generous" performances.
2. I now know why Chopin composed 24 Preludes, which has long puzzled me: what's the point of a prelude with nothing to come after it? And just after… Read more
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique ~ Hector Berlioz
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Symphonie on this CD is the performance given at the Proms in 1971, played by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. The Benvenuto Cellini is conducted by Lawrence Foster.
The Penguin Guide gives this performance 4 stars and a key, richly deserved. As long as you can put up with the audience's coughing in the quiet opening section, this CD is wholly recommendable.
Chopin: Solo Piano, Volume 1 ~ Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
Chopin: Solo Piano, Volume 1 ~ Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
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5.0 out of 5 stars How it used to be, 23 May 2013
The best possible transfers of performances from 1917 to 1950 by pianists of great individuality. Chopin as he is never played today. Virtuosity at the service of poetry and drama. Also beautiful presentation: 4 CDs in a CD-size hardback book. Five hours of Chopin, and not a dud or dull moment. Every Chopin lover should have this set.