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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

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Mozart
Piano Concerto No.15 K450
Piano Concerto No.20 K466
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
Antoine de Bavier

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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920–1995) was born in Brescia, Italy. In 1939, he won first prize in the Geneva International Piano Competition, where he was acclaimed as ‘a new Liszt’ by pianist Alfred Cortot, a member of the judging panel. His recordings of Ravel and Debussy were considered essential for any collection. Any recording featuring Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is an important event because he recorded very little in the studio. This live SWR recording from the Ludwigsburg Festival in 1956 shows a Mozart style far removed from that presented today. These are full-blooded interpretations and show Michelangeli with a very strong forward drive. The recording made by SWR is of excellent quality, showcasing Michelangeli’s superb playing. These two concertos were performed throughout Michelangeli’s career, but the recording here was made when he was thirty-six years old and at the peak of his powers.

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Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K466

 

(Cadenzas: Beethoven)

 

1 I Allegro 13.43

2 II Romanze 9.02

3 III Rondo: Allegro assai 7.13

 

Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat major K450

 

4 I Allegro 10.09

5 II Andante 5.22

6 III Allegro 7.46

 

ARTURO BENEDETTI MICHELANGELI piano

 

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR

 

Antoine de Bavier

 

Recorded: Ludwigsburg Festival, 11 July 1956

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 K450 - III Allegro

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Martin Kendrick
13/Aug/2013

“…the opening movement is brilliant at this swift but not rushed tempo, the music having an outdoors suggestion, but there’s depth too, as the song-like slow movement displays. The finale is witty and jaunty (I have long loved Leonard Bernstein’s Vienna recording of this concerto for Decca) and memorably completes a release that fans of Michelangeli will surely want.”

ClassicalSource.com

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    Martin Kendrick
    09/Aug/2013

    “The level of digital fluency from Michelangeli simply dazzles the ear.”

    Audiophile Audition

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      Martin Kendrick
      09/Aug/2013

      “…it is the élan and the sense of being in the presence of one of the greatest pianists the world has known that render the disc such a joy.’ ★★★★ ”

      Daily Telegraph

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