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Pno Cto In G/Pno Cto 4

a/Gracis;E-Phil O Michelangeli Audio CD
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1. Piano Concerto In G: I. Allegramente
2. Piano Concerto In G: II. Adagio assai
3. Piano Concerto In G: III. Presto
4. Piano Concerto No. 4 In G Minor, Op. 40: I. Allegro vivace
5. Piano Concerto No. 4 In G Minor, Op. 40: II. Largo
6. Piano Concerto No. 4 In G Minor, Op. 40: III. Allegro vivace

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5.0 out of 5 stars Piano artistry at its finest April 2 2003
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Michelangeli's piano playing is simply one of a kind, eschewing all sorts of musical tendencies to fit his own vision of these works presented on this disc, making it some of the most amazing pianism with an uncanny musical intellect. He was a perfectionist and hated recording, so michelangeli must have felt these recordings did him justice in order for him to authorize their release. That said, on to the performances.
The playing is inimitable and michelangeli i felt knew so much about piano technique that new musical spheres are reached that lesser pianists simply could not dream of doing. His playing is immaculately clean, revealing all sorts of contrapunctal details, esp. in the rachmaninov, but what amazes me every time is the absolutely hypnotic second movement of the ravel. rarely have i ever heard music in which time seems to stop. the rachmaninov is stunning as well (what amazing chord playing!) and makes the sometimes trivial second movement, around the theme of "three blind mice" a beautifully rendered and melancholy experience. The climax of the third movement is staggering as well, esp. since michelangeli's restraint stops and he absolutely unleashes...this has got to be piano playing, or even artistry at its finest.
A must for piano lovers and essential for michelangeli buffs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars IS THERE ANY ROOM FOR SLIGHT DISSENT? May 28 2002
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The more I get to know and understand about the piano, the fantastic range of works composed for it and the players who have graced its short history the more I suspect that Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli was probably the greatest player who ever laid a finger on it, not excepting Liszt himself. I restrict myself to 'player'. Michelangeli was a lot more than just a preternaturally gifted, original and disciplined executant, but when we get to the interpretative level comparisons are not often meaningfully expressed in terms of 'greater' 'greatest' and such like. I also know that there are many music-lovers who may or may not rate M in general as I do but who feel that this particular disc shows him at his ultimate as an interpreter and as a presenter of these two concertos.
I almost do, but the honest truth is that of the all-too-few recordings he made this is not my favourite. I like the less-played Rakkers 4 very much and I am a serious devotee of Ravel in general and of this marvellous concerto in particular. In the Rachmaninoff M probably outplays the composer by and large, particularly when the action starts to hot up after the half-way point in the first movement, and all I am niggling about is probably the piano's opening chords where M's rhythm seems very square to me. In the Ravel the stakes are bigger in proportion as it is a far superior piece of music. Here I am only too happy to join the other music-lovers in highlighting this that and the next felicity -- M's playing is finished as nobody else's ever was and the imaginative and original touches are as frequent here as anywhere else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rare imagination Nov. 23 2000
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Though Michelangeli is not my favorite pianist, I admit this is the best Ravel Piano Concerto. No other disc ever impressed me as this disc did. Some always persist on the image of Michelangeli as just a technical wiz, but I disagree with those stiff headed critics on some of his recordings and this is one of them. He is technically gifted but this disc has much more to offer: amazing imagination and breath-taking expression.
Michelangeli brings the music to the max where you can feel the color and the texture of the music. The 1st and 3rd movement are like opening a magic box full of colors and fun, and his crystal clear tone comes so vivid. His vivid tone totally changes in the 2nd movement. Here, strange gap between right hand and left hand creates a dream like atmosphere. He truly brings out the unique quality of Ravel's music. Samson Francois' Ravel is full of French esprit rather than the music of Ravel. Though I enjoyed her performance, Argerich also fails in bringing out Ravel's unique quality. Without any doubt, this is the BEST recording of Ravel's piano concerto.
Fortunately, Michelangeli is in the perfect form in Rachmaninoff's No.4 also. He never gets dull and stretches the music to the full scale. In his hand, the music gets its life and comes so vivid. No other pianists made Rachmaninoff's No.4 so lively and enjoyable.
This disc is a triumph.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Technique at the cost of expression. Nov. 10 2000
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There is no questioning Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli's phenomenal technique and his awesome command of his instrument. Both of these elements are abundantly evident in this recording of Ravel and Rachmaninoff's concertos: his delicate pianissimos and thundering triple fortes; his inability to play a passage without crystal clear articulation; his rhythmic assurance and and superb pedalling. Michelangeli was, technically, a uniquely gifted pianist. However, technique alone is (to quote Schnabel) "mere athleticism"--without any emotional or intellectual insight into the music one plays, all we are left with is a playing machine. For me, this is what makes Michelangeli less than extraordinary as an artist--he was a pianist, but not a musician. His coldness and evident emotional distance from the music leave me uninspired as a listener. This is not to disrespect Michelangeli's prodigous talents, but only to say that his pianistic tunnel vision was his downfall. It is evident throughout this recording, in both concertos. Always accurate, but (to me) always simply going through the motions. Gieseking also leaves me cold in the same way; all fingers with no heart or mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michelangeli's perfection...
Michelangeli is a mistic player. His love and devotion for piano mixed with an absolute discipline and a beyond description technique are all displayed in this beautiful cd. Read more
Published on Dec 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to hear this!!!!!!
I've had this cd for 2 years I think. I heard it, oh, maybe 3 times before today. While working on my final take home test I decided to put it on. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2002 by Juan Olvera
5.0 out of 5 stars My deepest gratitude to michelangeli
To say this recording deserves five stars is misleading and insulting: to amalgamate Michelangeli with the countless banal "five star" recordings with polysyllable... Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2002 by scott hickel
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5 Most Beautiful Recorded Music -- The Ravel Adagio
The Adagio from the Ravel. Achingly beautiful. The oboe and the astonishingly nuanced piano--perfection. Listen over headphones and enter a state of bliss. Read more
Published on July 10 2001 by Martin Weiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly Powerful, Nuanced Performances
This is surely one of the greatest concerto recordings of all time. Michelangeli's playing is astonishing in its combination of passion and rhythmic control, delicate poetry, and... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes the hairs on one's neck...
Years ago I owned and then loaned the vinyl disc of these recordings, and I'm so glad the compact disc is available. These performances will compel you love these works. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2000 by Geoffrey P. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Immaculate pianism
Who knows exactly what caused Michelangeli to choose pieces in his small repertory? Michelangeli played a bit of Ravel, so I suppose that explains it, but the R4 is rather a... Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2000 by Michael Whincop
5.0 out of 5 stars Another recommendation for the Ravel
Although I still admire this CD, I have just discovered the recording of the Ravel Concerto by Samson Francois, and I now prefer Francois to Michelangeli here -- he has so much... Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis' favorite classical record
A milestone of high-testosterone piano and personal favorite of Miles Davis who was turned on to it by his then bandmate and pianist Bill Evans. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2000 by TUCO H.
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