Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - Icon: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli 4 CD Box Set (2008) (LOSSLESS MP3)

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - Icon: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli 4 CD Box Set (2008) (LOSSLESS MP3)

Artist: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Title Of Album: Icon: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: EMI
Genre: Classical
Quality: APE (Image+.cue)/MP3
Bitrate: Lossless/320 kbps
Time: 05:15:57 min
Total Size: 970 mb/726 mb
Cunningly, the first track on the first disc of this four-disc set dedicated to Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli's EMI recordings is his heaven-storming 1948 performance of Busoni's arrangement of Bach's Chaconne from his D minor Partita. If after its storms and thunder have faded the listener remains unconvinced of Michelangeli's virtuosity, intensity, and musicality, there is nothing else to be done. Because though the sound of some of the recordings here, including that of the Chaconne, is antique, the brilliance, tone, and depth of Michelangeli's playing is evident throughout. His prewar and war-time recordings of sonatas by Scarlatti and Beethoven are impeccably played and elegantly expressive, and though typically played out of order, his postwar Brahms' Paganini Variations is nearly demonic in its relentless drive. In recordings from the early '50s of three of Mozart's concertos, Michelangeli takes a slower tempo than one might expect, but his right hand's graceful legato and subtle left-hand rubato keeps the tempo flowing. His later, better known stereo recordings of Haydn's concertos are witty and poised, particularly in Nino Rota's two cadenzas. The best-known recordings here are Michelangeli's heroic take on Schumann's Carnaval, his Olympian reading of Ravel's Concerto in G, and his Dionysic account of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 4. Some might reasonably point out that the pianist also made many great recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, but after hearing it, few would deny that his EMI recording of the Bach/Busoni Chaconne all by itself justifies Michelangeli's outsized reputation.
J.S. Bach
1. Partita No.2 in D minor BWV1004 - Chaconne (arr. Busoni)
Recorded 27.10.1948, Abbey Road, London
2. Sonata in D minor Kk 9/L 413, "Pastorale"
3. Sonata in C minor Kk 11
Recorded 1942, Milan
4-7. Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3
Recorded 1941, Milan
Variations on a theme by Paganini Op.35
8. Theme
9. Book I: Variations I - VIII
10. Book I: Variations X - XII
11. Book II: Variations I & II
12. Book II: Variations V - VIII
13. Book II: Variations X - XIII
14. Book II: Variations III & IV
15. Book I: Variations XIII & XIV
Recorded 26.10.1948, Abbey Road, London
16. Lyric Pieces: Melancholy, Op.47 No.5
17. Lyric Pieces: At the Cradle, Op.68 No.5
Recorded 1939, Milan
18. Canción y Danza No.1
Recorded 1942, Milan
19. Rumores de la caleta, Op.71 No.8 - Malagueña
Recorded 1942, Milan
20. Danzas españolas, Op.37 No.5 - Andaluza (Playera)
Recorded 1939, Milan
1-3. Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major K.415
Recorded 29.11.1953, Milan
4-6. Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major K450
Recorded 26-27.07.1951, Milan
7-9. Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488
Recorded 23-24, 27-28.11.1953, Milan
Piano Concerto No. 13 and Piano Concerto No. 23: Orchestra Alessandro Scarlatti, conducted by Franco Caraccloto
Piano Concerto No. 15: Orchestra Sinfonia da Camera dell'Ente del Pomeriggi Musicale di Milano, conducted by Ettore Gracis
1-3. Piano Concerto in D major Hob. XVIII:11
4-6. Piano Concerto in G major Hob. XVIII:4
Zurcher Kammerororchester, conducted by Edmond de Stoutz
Recorded 22-24.1.1975, Thun
7-27. Carnaval, Op.9
Recorded 15-21.1.1975, Thun
1-3. Piano Concerto in G major
4-6. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor Op. 40
Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Ettore Gratis
Recorded 7-8&10.3.1957, Abbey Road, London
7. Album für die Jugend, Op.68: No.38 Winterzeit
8. Album für die Jugend, Op.68: No.37 Matrosenlied
9. Album fur die Jugend, Op.68: No.39 Winterszeit II
Recorded 15-21.1.1975, Thun
10. Mazurka No.47 in A minor, Op.68 No.2
11. Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor, Op.31
12. Waltz No.9 in A flat, Op.69 No.1
Recorded 1942, Milan
13. Images, Set 1 No.1 - Reflets dans l'eau (Andantino molto)

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