on 29 September 2012
Michelangeli was a great pianist renowned for his crystaline sound and flawless techique. This 10CD set is an excellent way to get to know him at a very reasonable price. Michelangeli's repetoire was limited but what he played was most distinctive. There is some outstanding playing on these discs which are on the whole in reasonable sound. Only the last disc, in primitive 1940s sound, is really in the historical class. Most of the performances appear to be live and none the worse for that. There is some outstanding playing of Schumann and Debussy, and while Michelangeli's Mozart may have a heavy touch, it is none the less interesting, as are all the performances in this set. People interested in great pianism should not hesitate.
The contents are:
Disc 1 Mozart concerto 15 + piano quartet
Disc 2 Chopin inc sonata 2
Disc 3 Schumann ins Carnival
Disc 4 Beethoven sonatas 11, 12 + 32
Disc 5 Brahms Ballades + Paganini Variations
Disc 6 Debussy
Disc 7 Bach, Scarlatti + Galuppi
Disc 8 Chopin
Disc 9 Schumann concerto + electrifying Liszt Totantanz
Disc 10 Grieg, Schumann concertos + Franck Variations
on 25 June 2013
I've always been an admirer of Michelangeli. This box of live performances in surprisingly good sound is a world beater at the price. However don't be put off by the awful Mozart Piano Concerto or the disconcerting Beethoven Opus 111. The Debussy, Chopin and Schumann are so expressive that you can believe that this is the right way to play them. The Liszt Totentanz is amazing - and it was live in front of the Pope!
on 30 May 2011
I was so delightfully surprised to find that there was a second Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli 10 cd box set. His is my favorite pianist because of his insightful interpretations, and his flawless technique. I don't always agree 100% with him, but he has his own convictions in how her interprets what he performs.