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5.0 out of 5 stars The well-tempered creative musician., 3 Sep 2012
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John Austin "austinjr@bigpond.net.au" (Kangaroo Ground, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Well-tempered Musician: Wanda Landowska (Audio CD)
This box of CDs is self-recommending to fans of the harpsichord virtuoso Wanda Landowska. It comprises almost everything she recorded during the years 1928 to 1940. Single CD reissues have been available for many years, but this is the first "complete" resume and, happily, the quality of the digital remastering exceeds them all. Although claiming to be "complete", it does omit a Mozart Piano Sonata , No 17 in D, K 575, the only one to survive from a series of four Mozart piano sonatas Landowska recorded in the late 1930s.

Especially since her death, Landowska and her recorded harpsichord legacy have polarized opinion. Her detractors cite her excessive "orchestrating" of scores, how she never allows a phrase to be reiterated without giving it a different colour or sonority by means of the pedal and double manual resources of her Pleyel harpsichord, and how she rarely allows a slow movement to unfold without letting out or tucking in the tempo here and there.

Her admirers, including her pupil Sir Clifford Curzon, remind us that she was first and foremost a creative musician. She was moreover, intent from early in her career on popularising a keyboard repertoire that had fallen into neglect.

No one, however, has been able to gainsay the incredible vitality that imbues her performances. Indeed, once you have heard her "Italian Concerto" or one or other of her Scarlatti sonata performances, you'll possibly find that versions by other performers pale into insignificance.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great interpretation, 18 Mar 2012
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Dr. Bernardo Pinto Almeida (Portugal) - See all my reviews
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Every amateur knows the importance of Wanda Landowska. I think this anthology is the definitive one, as it brings in wonderful recovers, some of her historical interpretations. And she was, absolutely, a mark in XX th century Bach interpretrs, as this records show so generously
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