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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Complete Guide, Sampler
Composer: Frédéric Chopin, Johannes Brahms, et al. Performer: Géza Anda, Martha Argerich, et al. Pgd/Philips - #462699 / November 10, 1998 Number of Discs: 2. 68 selections of the greatest pianists. Click the record album cover to see more details.



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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, et al. Performer: Sergei Rachmaninov Pgd/Philips - #456943 / November 10, 1998 Number of Discs: 2. Thirty selections by Rachmaninoff (1873-1943). Some critics still have reservations about Rachmaninoff as a composer, but some 50 years after his death he remains the "ne plus ultra" of pianists. Nobility, elegance, controlled passion, a tone of bronze, the description of his playing would take volumes and still not convey an accurate impression. One thing is sure, once heard it remains unforgettable and unique. Click the record album cover to see more details.



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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Artur Rubinstein
Performer(s): Artur Rubinstein Pgd/Philips - #456955 / November 10, 1998 Audio CD / --D / 31 pieces. Number of Discs: 2. Rubenstein: 1887-1982 - One of the most beloved artists, Lodz-born Rubinstein had the ability to charm as well as to thrill audiences everywhere he went. Maybe it was the way he spelled his name? Possessed of an appetite for life as well as for music, he could be seen in the finest restaurants after a concert in the company of Picasso or Stravinsky eating, drinking and smoking (the finest Havanas) until the early hours of the morning. A Chopin specialist but wonderful in all the Romantics. Till he was very old Artur Rubinstein described himself as the happiest person he had ever met. He certainly combined equal measures of musical genius and joie de vivre. Rubinstein began his career with irregular lessons, partly teaching himself. His first concert was in Lodz at the age of 10. At 13, he was tutored at the Berlin Conservatory, and within a year he could read German, English, French, Russian and Polish literature in the original. In 1903 he moved to Paris, debuting there in 1904. Rubinstein tried to hang himself in 1908 with the cord of his bathrobe. Luckily, it tore - and Rubinstein took it as a sign that the worst was over. Sure enough, he was on the threshold of a brilliant international career. He spent many years in Paris, then moved to Los Angeles in 1939, before the Nazis could kill him, taking US citizenship in 1946. Rubinstein largely confined his concert activity to the USA and Europe, but did not return to post-Holocaust Germany; his sight failing from 1975, he gave his last recital in London on 10 June 1976. Rubinstein himself described Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms and Liszt as his central repertoire and shunned contemporary music all his life. Click the record album cover to see more details.





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The Bernstein Century - Copland: Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, etc / Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Hurvitz writes that, "Happy is the composer who has an advocate as passionate and talented as Leonard Bernstein. These Copland performances have been the preferred versions since they were first issued--better even than the composer's own, later recordings. Originally they were spread over two discs, but thanks to the extended playing time of the compact disc, you can now get all three great Copland ballets together, along with the ever popular Fanfare for the Common Man. Bernstein brings to this music the right sharpness of rhythm but also a typically open-hearted warmth. He coaxes a virtuoso response from the New York Philharmonic, which knows this music as well (or better) than anyone. Self- recommending. Click the record album cover to see more details.






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The Bernstein Century - Beethoven: Symphony no 3 'Eroica' / Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
INCLUDES A LECTURE ON HOW A GREAT SYMPHONY WAS WRITTEN (click to listen to an excerpt)
Just what was the Leonard Bernstein phenomenon all about? This disc--part of Sony's ongoing series of reissued performances from the conductor's years with the New York Philharmonic--goes a long way toward recapturing at least two aspects of his protean musical career. Bernstein's astonishing powers of communication as both conductor and teacher permeate this account of the landmark Eroica Symphony (recorded in one day in 1964 under legendary producer John McClure); filling out the disc is a lengthy excerpt from his broadcast discussion of the work, "How a Great Symphony Was Written." The charismatic rapport between Bernstein and his New York colleagues crackles with live-wire intensity. Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Bernstein Century - Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, etc; Grofé / Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
VERY JAZZY. Back in the 1950s and '60s, when George Gershwin was taken for granted more than he was respected, Leonard Bernstein was one of his only champions in high-classical-music circles, and to judge from these recordings, he got away with a lot. Click the record album cover to see more details.






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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Claudio Arrau
Composer: Isaac Albeniz, Johann Sebastian Bach, et al. Conductor: Bernard Haitink Performer: Claudio Arrau Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Number of Discs: 2. Nine selections. Arrau 1903-1991: Born in Chile but trained from the age of eight in Berlin, Arrau studied with a pupil of Franz Liszt. His active repertoire was thought to be among the largest of any pianist of the century. His special sound has often been described as having great depth and richness, like burgundy velvet. An elegant, courtly, distinguished-looking gentleman. Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Claudio Arrau Volume 2
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, et al. Conductor: Sir Colin Davis Performer: Claudio Arrau Orchestra: Dresden Staatskapelle Pgd/Philips - #456709 / February 9, 1999 Audio CD / --D / Number of Discs: 2. Click the record album cover to see more details.





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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Vladimir Horowitz
Composer: Robert Schumann Performer: Vladimir Horowitz. Number of Discs: 2. Horowitz: 1903-1989: For many the epitome of the 20th-century virtuoso, Horowitz burst on the scene in 1926 in Berlin as "the tornado from the steppes' and never looked back. Married to Wanda Toscanini, the daughter of the conductor, Horowitz had an on-again, off-again career driven by his temperament and his explosive pianism which a whole generation of pianists have tried, unsuccessfully, to mimic. There has been and never will be another Horowitz! Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Vladimir Horowitz 2
Composer: Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninov, et al. Performer: Vladimir Horowitz. Number of Discs: 2. What can we add about the Kiev born Horowitz? That he was arrogant? Or that he received 27 Grammy's? His Jewish home was filled with music and he began to play piano at age 5. Who can forget his concert in 1986 in Moscow that left the audience in tears? He had not been in the USSR in 61 years, and when he played a Russian favorite, the audience broke down. In 1920, Vladimir, or "Volodya" graduates from the conservatory and, at began the concert circuit. In 1925, he left the USSR, and toured Germany. In 1928, he gave his first concert in New York City. Concerts with the Italian conductor, Arturo Toscanini, soon led to marriage with the conductor's daughter, Wanda. During his long career, Vladimir Horowitz surmounted numerous personal and artistic crises generally due to overwork or nerves, as in 1936-8 and - before his triumphal come-back on 9 May 1965 in New York's Carnegie Hall - between 1953 and 1965. Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Alicia de Larrocha
Composer: Isaac Albeniz, Mateo Pérez de Albeniz, et al. Performer: Alicia De Larrocha Pgd/Philips - #456883 / November 10, 1998 Number of Discs: 2. Born in 1923, Larrocha, a Catalan, has simply "owned" the Spanish repertoire (Granados, Albeniz, Soler, Mompou) since the 1950s. She has won eleven Grammy's. Her rhythmically vital yet flexible approach to this music, coupled with the dash and brio it requires, have been one of the wonders of the age. She is famed for the Rach 3: Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3. Click the record album cover to see more details.





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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Alfred Cortot
Performer(s): Alfred Cortot Pgd/Philips - #456751 / March 9, 1999 Number of Discs: 1. Cortot: 1877-1962 - The greatest pianist of the century? Well, more and more critics now make that claim for Alfred Cortot. He played many wrong notes, but, as they say, his right ones were better than anybody else's. His spontaneous, elegant playing has no equal today. His repertoire was wide-ranging. Cortot wrote extensively, edited musical scores, taught at his own academy (the Ecole Normale), and conducted (the Paris premiere of Gotterdammerung in 1902). Some ask, should you be a technician or expressive, inventive and rhythmic. You should listen to this before you decide. By the way, he was born and died in Switzerland, but France claims him as their own. He founded the Ecole Normale de Musique in 1919. After hearing the music of Wagner, he traveled to Bayreuth in 1898. There he gained conducting experience and was assistant to Felix Mottl and Hans Richter; on returning to Paris he conducted the first French performances of Wagner's Gotterdammerung and Parsifal. Cortot founded a legendary trio in 1905 with the violinist Jacques Thibaud and the cellist Pablo Casals. He launched his career as a solo pianist around the same time, enjoying his heyday in the inter-war years. He was particularly admired for his readings of Schumann, Chopin and French composers, and also wrote a series of important books on music, interpretation and piano technique; many more of his ideas are expressed in his editions of Romantic piano works. Cortot's reputation was dented by his pro-German attitude (what do expect from a Wagner devotee?) during WWII, when he agreed to be a cultural commissar for the Vichy regime and even returned to Germany in 1942 to give concerts. After the war he was sometimes banned from playing, and he never performed again in North America. Cortot's piano playing was elegant, lyrical and well-formed; he eschewed bombast and sentimentality. Click the record album cover to see more details.



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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Alfred Brendel 2
Performer(s): Alfred Brendel Pgd/Philips - #456730 / March 9, 1999 Number of Discs: 1. Acclaimed as the greatest living interpreter of the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, Brendel captivates by a combination of meticulous articulation and delicious wit and charm. This love of humour spills over into his private life as he collects examples of inadvertent humour. His playing is also unfailingly both vigorous and delicate. Brendel, born in 1931, is an advisor to Philips, and maybe that is why he gets three volumes in this 200 volume project. Click the record album cover to see more details.



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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - André Previn
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc, et al. Conductor: André Previn, Leonard Bernstein; Performer: André Previn Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, et al. Pgd/Philips - #456934 / January 12, 1999 Audio CD / --D / Number of Discs: 2. Previn is known as a conductor as well as a musician. He brings the rhythmic vitality of his Gershwin to his Mozart and the classical line and polish of his Poulenc to his own inimitable jazz stylings. Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Artur Schnabel
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent Performer: Artur Schnabel Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Pgd/Philips - #456961 / February 9, 1999 Audio CD / --D / Number of Discs: 2. Schnabel, who was born in Lipnik (Czech/Moravia) died in 1951. He was raised in Vienna and studied in Berlin. He was so German and Germanic, but Hitler saw him as a Jew, so in 1933, at the height of his career, he fled Germany and, after six years in Italy, settled in the USA. He never played encores. He never even wanted to play the Tchaikovsky Concerto, Schnabel made his own way throughout his life performing music which was, as he said, "better than it could be played." Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, these were Schnabel's composers of choice, and he never strayed from them. His recorded legacy will live as a testimony to that fidelity for as long as people still love music. Click the record album cover to see more details.



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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Byron Janis I
Composer: Franz Liszt, Ludwig van Beethoven, et al. Performer: Byron Janis Pgd/Philips - #456847 / February 9, 1999 Audio CD / --D / Number of Discs: 2. Born to "Polish-Russian" immigrants as Byron Yankitevich, he was discovered at kindergarten. He then learnt from Abraham Litov, Josef and Rosina Lhevinne, Dorothy Anderson LaFollette, Adele Marcus and finally Vladimir Horowitz, who heard the sixteen-year-old play Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto in Pittsburgh. Janis became one of the few pupils of Vladimir Horowitz. Unfortunately arthritis cut his concert career short, He is a leading exponent of the American school of piano playing. He married the daughter of Gary Cooper, the American film star. Click the record album cover to see more details.





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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Clara Haskil 2
Performer(s): Clara Haskil Pgd/Philips - #456829 / March 9, 1999 Audio CD / --D / Number of Discs: 1. Bucharest born Clara Haskil died in 1960 at the age of 65. At the time of her death she was considered the greatest Mozart painist of her generation. By age eight, she was a wunderkind in Vienna. The slight, stooped figure of Clara Haskil (injured do to spinal problems) is an unlikely object of world attention, but such was the ability of this pianist to go straight to the musical heart of anything she played that the music seemed to "play itself," to float above the stage with the pianist only urging the music forward. A consummate musician at the keyboard! Click the record album cover to see more details.



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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Clifford Curzon
Performer(s): Clifford Curzon Pgd/Philips - #456757 / March 9, 1999 Audio CD / --D / Number of Discs: 1. British born Curson was one of the greatest interpreters of the music of Mozart and Schubert of the twentieth century, Curzon studied with Schnabel, Wanda Landowska and Nadia Boulanger. A fastidious player with a penchant for beautiful melodic lines, Curzon combines both virtuosity and musicianship in a unique way. He was made a sub-rpfoessor at London's Royal Academy while still a teenager. He is said to have disliked modern plastic piano keys and would often use sandpaper on them to get more grip. Click the record album cover to see more details.



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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Evgeny Kissin
Composer: Franz Liszt, Carl Tausig, et al. Conductor: Vladimir Spivakov, Claudio Abbado Performer: Evgeni Kissin Orchestra: Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Pgd/Philips - #456871 / February 9, 1999 Audio CD / --D / Number of Discs: 2. Would the 29 year old Kissin still be as great if he lost his hair? Yes. A debut (and recording) of the two Chopin concertos in Moscow at the age of 12 (1982) indicated that Josef Hofmann finally had found his heir. He once had to give 13 encores at a concert in Italy at the age of 13. Kissin's artistic development since then has been exponential. The Prokofiev Etude offered as an encore at his Carnegie Hall debut had the critics searching for superlatives (and the music!) and his success continues today unabated. Click the record album cover to see more details.



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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Friedrich Gulda
Composer: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel Performer: Friedrich Gulda Pgd/Philips - #456817 / January 12, 1999 Audio CD / --D / Number of Discs: 2. Of the several Viennese pianists whose careers flowered in the aftermath of World War II, Gulda was the quickest to rise to international prominence. A multi-talented pianist, Gulda quickly developed a fondness for jazz and has attempted to function in both fields since the late fifties. Unusual for an Austrian musician, he has a penchant for French music. Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Friedrich Gulda 2
Performer(s): Friedrich Gulda Pgd/Philips - #456820 / March 9, 1999 Audio CD / --D / Number of Discs: 1. This differs from the first album, in that it focuses on Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15; Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in e minor; 4 Ballades, Op. 23, 38, 47 & 52; Shearing-Forster, Lullaby of Birdland R. Strauss: Burlesque Weber: Konzertstuck, in F minor, Op. 79. Click the record album cover to see more details.





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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Glenn Gould
Gould, that crazy, slouching Canadian who was paranoid of catching a cold, died in 1982 at the young age of fifty. This disc contains no Bach, so you can see what he also excelled in. Upon hearing Gould play George Szell is said to have quipped: "That nut's a genius!" Opinion is often divided on whether that sentence should be reversed, but few would question either Gould's unique abilities (his genius) or his equally unique idiosyncrasies (his nuttiness). His contacts with people were generally on the telephone and always in the middle of the night. There has been and never will be anyone quite like him. Click the record album cover to see more details.






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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Ingrid Haebler
From the beginning of her career in the 1950s, Ingrid Haebler made a reputation as a Mozart player of unusual taste and a kind of self-contained delicacy. Not a virtuoso in the Liszt tradition, Haebler's repertoire encompassed Haydn and Schubert and often ventured into the music of Chopin and Schumann. Beauty of touch and sound are apparent in everything she plays. Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Ivan Moravec
An object of admiration by a coterie of discerning critics and music-lovers, Moravec, who found the object of his own admiration in Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, shares with his master the love of beautiful sound, a singing tone and a perfection in phrasing. Each and every one of his recordings is a thing of beauty in itself, rare and luminous as a Ming vase. Click the record album cover to see more details.






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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - John Ogdon Vol I
In John Ogdon a powerhouse technique, a huge physique, and an enormous intellect, concealed a tender heart and delicate emotions. Ogdon was a pianist of titanic abilities, nay genius, who would have gone to the top of the class had it not been for health problems. In Moscow, where he won the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1962 (with Ashkenazy), legends abound about his Liszt playing. La campanella is just a sample. Click the record album cover to see more details.





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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Jorge Bolet 1
The Cuban born (1914-1990) pianist started playing at age 9, quite late for musicians. At age 12 he started at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In 1937 he won the Naumberg Prize and in 1938 the Josef Hofmann Award. Military service took him to Japan, and in 1946 he conducted the Japanese premiere of The Mikado. From the early 60's his artistry and virtuosity have been acclaimed as transcendent, and he is generally considered in the USA (he has less played in Europe) to be one of the last representatives of the grand tradition of Romantic piano playing. Click the record album cover to see more details.



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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Krystian Zimerman
Romantic selections. Composer: Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, et al. Performer: Krystian Zimerman Pgd/Philips - #456997 / February 9, 1999 Number of Discs: 2 The musical aristocrat of his generation, Krystian Zimerman has, from his early success as (yet another) competition winner (Warsaw, 1975), carved out a career that puts him at the very top of his profession. His Chopin is cool but sparkles like diamonds, his Brahms is deeply soulful and profound, his Debussy a model of refinement and brilliance. Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Leon Fleisher
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt, et al. Performer: Leon Fleisher Pgd/Philips - #456775 / January 12, 1999 Number of Discs: 2. San Francisco-born Fleisher, injured his right hand in 1965. But he remains one of the greatest musicians of the century. A long-time student of Artur Schnabel, Fleisher excelled not only in the Viennese classics but also in adventurous contemporary compositions by Hindemith, Rorem and Copland as well as Liszt. He has specialised in the left-hand repertoire in recent years, teaching (at Peabody in Baltimore), and conducting. Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Lyubov Bruk
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Anton Arensky, et al. Conductor: Arnold Katz, Lazar Gosman Performer: Lyubov Bruk, Mark Taimanov Orchestra: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Leningrad Chamber Orchestra Pgd/Philips - #456736 / January 12, 1999 Number of Discs: 2. The very embodiment of charm, elegance and romantic sweep in the two-piano repertoire, this relatively unknown team rarely left the Soviet Union during their long career, which started when they were both in their early teens until 1971. Mark Taimanov now devotes himself to his "other" hobby, chess (where he is a famed Grandmaster) as well as to solo recitals. Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Maria Yudina
January 12, 1999 Number of Discs: 2. Stalin's pal and his best loved musician, she was able to criticize him without being sent away to the Gulag. She also liked to read Russian poetry at her concerts instead of playing. All of which made her a legend in Russia and the object of respect by all of her colleagues. Click the record album cover to see more details.



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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Nelson Freire
March, 1999 Number of Discs: 1. Click the record album cover to see more details. Born in Brazil, Nelson Freire went to Vienna at the age of 14 to study with Bruno Seidlhofer. A family tragedy (his parents died in a bus crash in Brazil while taking him to a concert) quickly deepened his emotional life. A natural pianist if ever there was one, Freire's unassuming ease in music of all periods has made him a "pianist's pianist"; nothing ever seems difficult to him. But he is also a born romantic with the three "t"s, taste, temperament and technique. A real virtuoso.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Rosalyn Tureck
Bach. January, 1999 Number of Discs: 1. When asked whose Bach playing he admired, Gould invariably replied, Rosalyn Tureck's. Tureck was less spectacular than Gould, but unvariably more faithful to the letter and, some would say, the spirit of Bach's music. Her ornaments are not merely decorations but an integral part of the whole musical line. Some of her colleagues have even remarked that hers is perhaps the most refined technique of any pianist before the public today. Click the record album cover to see more details.



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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Shura Cherkassky
Composer: Frédéric Chopin; Performer: Shura Cherkassky; Number of Discs: 2. Few pianists of the century could be said to have a permanent "twinkle" in their playing. Cherkassky certainly did and he delighted audiences with his special magic. Nobody who ever heard Cherkassky will ever forget his special sound. He lived in one room in London, practiced on an upright, adored vacations at the beach, and memorised airline schedules as a hobby. He was still giving brilliant recitals until weeks before his death in 1996. Click the record album cover to see more details.



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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Sviatoslav Richter V 2
Composer: Frédéric Chopin; Performer: Sviatoslav Richter V.2; Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven Conductor: Kurt Sanderling Performer: Sviatoslav Richter Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra Pgd/Philips - #456949 / February 9, 1999 Number of Discs: 2. Click the record album cover to see more details.





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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Van Cliburn
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin Performer: Van Cliburn Orchestra: Symphony of the Air, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra January 12, 1999 Number of Discs: 2. Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Vladimir Ashkenazy
Composer: Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, et al. Performer: Vladimir AshkenazyNumber of Discs: 1. Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Zoltán Kocsis
Composer: Edvard Grieg, Béla Bartók, et al. Conductor: Edo De Waart, Iván Fischer Performer: Zoltán Kocsis Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra. Number of Discs: 2. Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Walter Gieseking
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frédéric Chopin, et al. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan Performer: Walter Gieseking Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra / January 12, 1999. Click the record album cover to see more details.




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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Sviatoslav Richter
Sviatoslav Richter's 1958 recital recording here of Pictures at an Exhibition is worth the price of the CD alone: simply put, it's a classic that has all too often fallen out of print. The performance makes this double-CD volume in Philips's Great Pianists of the 20th Century series one of the most enthralling in the catalogue from Philips. Click the record album cover to see more details.







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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Murray Perahia
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, et al. Conductor: Murray Perahia, Sir Colin Davis Performer: Murray Perahia Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Pgd/Philips - #456922 / November 10, 1998. Jason Verlinde writes that, "Murray Perahia isn't about flash and, as this diverse collection of music reveals, the pianist's true brilliance is his dedication to the integrity of each composition. Scarlatti's Sonata in B Minor leads things off and reveals Perahia's recent love for baroque music (check out his excellent recording of Bach's English Suites Nos. 1, 3, & 6). Chopin's Ballade No. 1 seemingly unfolds itself in the pianist's hands. Perahia plays close attention to the composition's details but never loses sight of its free-spirited nature. Of course, nothing is quite so free-spirited here as Bartók's Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, where Perahia showcases his faultless technique on the dissonant and adventurous work. Another highlight is found on disc 2, where Perahia leads the English Chamber Orchestra in fine form through Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25. --Jason Verlinde Click the record album cover to see more details.



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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Maurizio Pollini
Chopin and Debussey. 1998. When Maurizio Pollini took first prize in the 1960 Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw at age 18, the redoubtable Artur Rubinstein observed that "technically, he already plays better than any of us in the jury." Yet supplied with that foundation of a technique as solid as granite, Pollini is at the furthest remove from the superficial virtuoso showman. The intellectual's dream pianist, he is best known as the exemplar of an objective analytical acumen--similar in approach to Pierre Boulez--that is applied to an astonishing range of repertory, thanks to Pollini's catholicity of musical interests. Click the record album cover to see more details.





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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Arturo B. Michelangeli
the second movement is one of those experiences that stops time. Click the record album cover to see more details.






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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Artur Rubinstein
Performer(s): Artur Rubinstein Pgd/Philips - #456955 / November 10, 1998 Audio CD / --D / 31 pieces. Number of Discs: 2. Few soloists have owned composers as definitively as Artur Rubinstein could claim Chopin. Rubinstein's delivery of the composer has struck many speechless for its clarity--assurance at once that this is extraordinary, complex music and that it's likable even to general audiences (who could be easily repelled by the music in a lesser pianist's hands). The more than 150 minutes of Rubinstein's Chopin collected here are stellar, from the seductive nocturnes (recorded in 1965) to Rubinstein's head-spinning read of the Piano Sonata No. 2 ("Funeral March"). Click the record album cover to see more details.





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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Wilhelm Kempff
Composer: Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann Performer: Wilhelm Kempff 41 pieces. Number of Discs: 2. Few pianists on record convey quite the impression of actually composing the music while they perform it that sets Wilhelm Kempff's artistry apart. This quality may owe something to his gift as an improviser (Kempff had also received early training as an organist); but it most obviously stems from an intuitive power to identify and state--with remarkable purity of expression and singing grace--the essence of a work. Click the record album cover to see more details.





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Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Wilhelm Kempff 2
Composer: Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven, et al. Performer: Wilhelm Kempff Pgd/Philips - #456865 / April 13, 1999 Number of Discs: 2 Click the record album cover to see more details.





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Bernstein Century - Bach St Matthew's Passion / Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
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Bernstein Century - Beethoven: Symphony no 1 and 7 / Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
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