Catalogue No: OA0941D
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The legendary Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920 - 1995), playing at the height of his powers, performs some of Debussy’s most sensuous and arresting music for piano, in the famously rare 1962 RAI television recording, newly restored and re-mastered for this release. Michelangeli’s fine control and perfect clarity – always present in his playing – have positioned him among the most outstanding recording artists of any generation.
These are rare archive recordings. In 1962 Michelangeli agreed to record a series of televised studio performances for RAI Turin, though not without laying down strict stipulations: the camera set-ups were to be minimal, and there were to be no facial close-ups. Those limitations explain the austere visual style of the recordings presented here, but the light they shed on Michelangeli’s artistry is in no way diminished – indeed, the restraint of the camera-work enables us to concentrate without distraction on the musical performances. Even between individual movements of the same work there is no edit, and it is clear that these are single-take interpretations.
Repertoire Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Images Books 1 & 2, Children’s Corner, Canope (Préludes Book 2 No.10), Bruyères (Préludes Book 2 No.5)
Bonus Documentary ‘Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - Maestro dei Maestri’, with subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian
'His fingers can no more hit a wrong note or smudge a passage than a bullet can be veered off course once it has been fired...' Harold Schonberg
Awards & Accolades:
CHOC du Monde de la Musique (June 2006)
CAT NO: OA 0941 D
FORMAT: All Formats
REGIONS: All Regions
PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 83 Mins
SOUND: LPCM MONO
NO OF DISCS: 1
Contents and Reviews
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Images Books 1 & 2
Canope (Préludes Book 2 No.10)
Bruyères (Préludes Book 2 No.5)
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