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MICHELANGELI, Arturo Benedetti: Early Recordings, Vol. 1 (1939-1948)

Composer(s):
Artist(s) Michelangeli, Arturo Benedetti, piano
Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosInstrumental
Catalogue 8.111351
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Michelangeli’s first recordings were made for HMV in Milan in 1939, following his win at the Geneva International Piano Competition. In Granados’s Andaluza Michelangeli uses a soulful singing tone to great advantage, while his phenomenal virtuoso technique can be heard in Marescotti’s Fantasque, one of the test pieces for the Geneva Competition. These and the 1948 recordings of Bach, Galuppi and Brahms demonstrate that as a young man Michelangeli was already a consummate artist. As a critic wrote about the recording of the Brahms Paganini Variations: ‘What a pianist! Technically, the playing is astonishing: interpretatively, here is a very great musician…. altogether this is the most exciting piano

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,November 2008

History may well describe Michelangeli as the most musically gifted pianist of the 20th century, a description in keeping with his recordings made between 1939 and 1948.

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