Pno Cto In G/Pno Cto 4
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Dec 4 2003
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 morePublished on Dec 7 2002 by Juan Olvera
To say this recording deserves five stars is misleading and insulting: to amalgamate Michelangeli with the countless banal "five star" recordings with polysyllable... Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2002 by scott hickel
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 morePublished on July 10 2001 by Oak Cliff Native
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 morePublished on Jan. 5 2001
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 morePublished on Nov. 30 2000 by Geoffrey P. Smith
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 morePublished on Oct. 16 2000 by Michael Whincop
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 morePublished on Oct. 12 2000