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Topic: Which is your favourite Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli´s recording?  (Read 3997 times)

Offline Alfonso Van Worden

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YES! I´m a huge fan of this incredible pianists, I think he´s one of the bets pianists of the XXth century, and I´m very interesting to know how many fans are? and which recordinds would you advice me to get(even video-DVD), maybe I don´t have them all.... :o
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Offline Alfonso Van Worden

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I also would thank you for give some information about books, or places where I can get biographic information...
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Offline sznitzeln

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I love Arturo...
In the documentary "the art of the piano" he plays a scarlatti sonata (K.27 , or L.449)with great speed and bittersweet tone, wich is the best recording of it I know.
I think he always respects all the lines in the music.
Got a recording of Debussy preludes book 1. I have compared that to Walter Gieseking and Cortot. I think he beats them both, but Walter is close.
Cortot... yuck. Breaks all the lines, and tries to have a "special" interpretation that I find strange... good tone though. Does anyone have a different opinion?

Offline Alfonso Van Worden

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 :)I completely agree.

 There is no Debussy as good as the Michelangeli´s, specially the firts book of Images, but if you want to hear the most amazing thing in the wold you should get his recording of the "Gaspad de la nuit" during the recital in London, he also played Chopin, and Clementi.

And it is true, the video in "the art of piano" is incredible!!!!!!!! :o, plus I think is the earlier video recording from Arturo.

If you hear the CD with Ravel, I´m interested inyour opinion.



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Offline Alfonso Van Worden

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 :)I completely agree.

 There is no Debussy as good as the Michelangeli´s, specially the firts book of Images, but if you want to hear the most amazing thing in the wold you should get his recording of the "Gaspad de la nuit" during the recital in London, he also played Chopin, and Clementi.

And it is true, the video in "the art of piano" is incredible!!!!!!!! :o, plus I think is the earlier video recording from Arturo.

If you hear the CD with Ravel, I´m interested in your opinion.



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Offline bernhard

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:)I completely agree.

 There is no Debussy as good as the Michelangeli´s,

What about Gieseking's? (in no way taking the merit of Michelangeli).

Best wishes,
Bernhard.
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I love Arturo...
In the documentary "the art of the piano" he plays a scarlatti sonata (K.27 , or L.449)with great speed and bittersweet tone, wich is the best recording of it I know.


What about Pletnev's?

Best wishes,
Bernhard.
The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side. (Hunter Thompson)

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Two more DVD/Videos:

Two Titans
BM Live in Lugano

Offline BoliverAllmon

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I have him playing beethoven's third sonata. I really don't know if I like it or not though.

boliver

Offline Alfonso Van Worden

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Really? Why? Have you heard more Beethoven´s sonatas with him?

I think is one of the best Beethoven players!
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Offline elongar

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I have a recording of the "Emperor" Concerto by Beethoven and that's very good indeed.

Offline Alfonso Van Worden

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REally??? Which one? I ask you, because I have 3 recordings and the one with Celibidache conducting is my favourite(in fact I haven´t heard any other recording as good as this one).
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Really? Why? Have you heard more Beethoven´s sonatas with him?

I think is one of the best Beethoven players!

no haven't heard anything else by him. I am not saying that the recording is bad, but I am just saying that i am undecided.

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What about Gieseking's? (in no way taking the merit of Michelangeli).

Best wishes,
Bernhard.

I think they are really fantastic too, nice energy, but I just prefer Mich.
Mich's phrasing is very natural for me... I like when musicians just use the natural phrasing that the composer intended, instead of adding too much "personality".
The quotation marks because I think randomly changing rythm or something else is not personality.

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What about Pletnev's?

Best wishes,
Bernhard.

First time I heard the Pletnev version of the scarlatti sonata it made me nauseous because of the exaggerated rubato and romantic playing.
Then after listening to it some more, I begun to somewhat like the more "modern" phrasing. But then going back to Mich. I still though he was uncomparably better.
I like Pletnev, but I cant decide exactly how much  :) And I think he should be more careful with the rythm atleast in this case.
And maybe even in the Chopin Scherzi.

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I have the Lugano concerto on my comp... Its great... but so hillarious afterwards...
The look on his face... doesnt look happy, and the applause is very cold... some ppl arent even applauding. Really strange...

I also have Ravel - Concerto en Sol (Michelangeli - Celibidache) , which is nice :)

Offline Alfonso Van Worden

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Yes... The look on his face is extremely strange, and I agree, it is not a good audience , they seem bored... how unfair.

I also have Ravel, and I have a video with Beethoven´s first, thirdh and fifth concertos, a DVD with Beethoven´s sonata Op.2 #3 and an another video with Debussy´s works and he has looks in all of them, but in the Lugano´s recital is the strangest!
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Offline aquariuswb

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My favorite Debussy is Michelangeli, Geiseking, Entremont, and Casadesus.
Favorite pianists include Pollini, Casadesus, Mendl (from the Vienna Piano Trio), Hungerford, Gilels, Argerich, Iturbi, Horowitz, Kempff, and I suppose Barenboim (gotta love the CSO). Too many others.

Offline Regulus Medtner

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His Grieg concerto is indeed special, although the recorded sound is not. I also quite like his Beethoven.

Offline elongar

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REally??? Which one? I ask you, because I have 3 recordings and the one with Celibidache conducting is my favourite(in fact I haven´t heard any other recording as good as this one).

If you have Celibidache conducting then I envy you! I don't have the recording at hand right now but I'll find out for you.

Offline Alfonso Van Worden

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Thank´s... You should get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You won´t regret!!!!!
Music should not be "Ur-text" , it should be "Ur-spirit"            
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Offline fred smalls

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My favorite recording of Michelangeli is the Bach-Busoni Chaconne transcription. ;D
Also, on the sub-topic of Debussy, Zimerman plays the preludes quite well. ;D
Medtner is my god.

Offline Alfonso Van Worden

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I also like the Bach-Busoni ;D
Music should not be "Ur-text" , it should be "Ur-spirit"            
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