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Close but no cigar,
This review is from: John Ogdon: Legendary British Virtuoso (Audio CD)
Its great to see a large collection of Ogdon recordings in one place. After the 40th anniversary set (which was a mixed affair)this one tries harder but still lacks that last bit of effort from the compiler.
The inclusion of Ogdon's own works on the 40th set and now this one was a worthy conclusion and replace old poor quality tape recordings from dubious sources. There are many recordings at last seeing life on cd for the first time, but sadly a great many more missing from the EMI archives. What about the Yardumian recordings from 1972/76? the Lutoslawski 'variations on a theme by Paganini'? Williamson 'Sonata for 2 pianos'? Schoenberg 'Chamber Symphony no 2' Mozart 'Sonata for 2 Pianos' Britten's 'Mazurka elegiaca'& 'Introduction and Rondo alla Burlesca' Brahms 'variations and theme on haydn' - the list goes on. It's somewhat annoying to have all those old work horses trundled out yet again such as the grieg/Schumann/Rachmaninov/Tchaikovsky (which any self respecting Ogdon officianado bought years ago)when the rare repertoire is still hidden in dusty archives. In this day of digital downloads is there a reason to keep sitting on stuff till doomsday? Thank goodness over the years that labels like Testament have managed to prize some of these recordings from obscurity.
Not only are there EMI recordings buried, but also some great RCA stuff (Nielson etc)
At least the Scriabin recordings are still available and the less important Beethoven variations. It's just a shame they didn't include everything in the box that they could possibly muster.
Ogdon was a master pianist. The playing on this set gets a 5 star - the compilation only 4.