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on 4 October 2017
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on 7 February 2011
The main reason for buying this CD is the landmark recording of Gaspard that Michelangeli lay down in a 1959 BBC recital recording. Many artists can conceive of works in a penetrating fashion. But few can realize that conception with such adherence and control as Michelangeli. This is what leaves me entranced by his greatest recordings. The Gaspard presented here more than qualifies in that category. Of course, if you want raw virtuosity, you could do better with Argerich or Pogorelich. But the skill on offer here transcends all others in terms of true command of the keyboard and overall musicianship. The mono sound is fantastic, slightly richer than the deleted issuing of the recording on the Phillips Greatest Pianists of the 20th Century.
The other items, all taken from a 1982 Royal Festival Hall recital, as also a joy to listen to, though it would be understandable for you to disagree with Michelangeli's occasionally severe treatment. For me, he is simply revealing the work's true characters with enhanced clarity.
If you're a fan of early Michelangeli, you'd be advised to check out Testament's release of his trail-blazing 1957 Festival Hall recital (Michelangeli - London Recital, March 1957), including imperious accounts of Schumann's Carnaval and Faschingsschwank, a masterful Chopin 1st Ballade and some gorgeous Debussy.
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