Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Domenico Scarlatti
Sonatas – in C minor, Kk11; in D minor Kk9; in A, Kk322; in B minor, Kk27
Beethoven
Sonata in C, Op.2/3
Chopin
Waltz in E flat
Schumann
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26
Debussy
Images, Book 1 – Hommage à Rameau
Mompou
Canción y danza No.1
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Recorded on 27 February 1955 at a concert in the National Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw
CD No: ALTARA ARCHIVE ALT 1005
Duration: 70 minutes
Reviewed: December 2006
Extraordinary wide-ranging playing from a perfectionist! The miraculous Scarlatti sonatas are distilled for maximum colour and expression; the Beethoven enjoys weight, clarity, searching and wit; and Schumann’s fantastical opus – technically nonchalant – is given with a spaciousness that really expresses the heart enshrined within the notes. The encores include a laconic Chopin Waltz, otherworldly Debussy and tender Mompou. Decent mono sound.

 

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