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Classic Archives: Collector’s Edition - Piano
IDEALE AUDIENCE Blu-ray 3073984 (15 hours)

This is a follow-on from Strings reviewed last February review. This time it is piano - 15 hours of recordings on one disc for approximately £39 ($59)!. I cannot allow a reviewer to be tied up for 15 hours just to get a review of one disc but I thought it important to bring this disc to your attention. It demonstrates the amazing capacity of Blu-ray being used here imaginatively and to the full. So this is not a review but just a marker of the existence of this issue.

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The publisher's blurb says:

Great performances from legendary artists of the 20th century, the 'Classic Archive Collector’s Edition – Piano' offers unique insights in the world of music interpretation of the golden age.

This second part of the edition is dedicated to some of the most outstanding pianists of the past.

With more than 15 hours of material, the edition includes various concerti, recitals, interesting documentaries, some in colour, some in glorious black and white, as well as comprehensive booklet information.

This collector’s edition makes rare classical archive footage from the years 1950-1978 suitable for Blu-ray Disc lovers.

Contents:
- Beethoven: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.4 Op.58 (Ciccolini, Paris 1962)
- Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op.27 No.2 (Kempff, Paris 1970)
- Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op.106 (Brendel, Paris 1970)
- Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op.111 (Arrau, Paris 1970)
- Beethoven: Six Bagatelles Op.126 (Brendel, Paris 1970)
- Chopin: Polonaise Op.53 (Cziffra, Paris 1961)
- Chopin: Concerto for Piano No.1 Op.11 (François, Paris 1962)
- Chopin: Scherzo Op.31 (Cziffra, Paris 1963)
- Debussy: Preludes Book 1 (Michelangeli, Paris 1978)
- De Falla: Nights in the Garden of Spain (Ciccolini, Paris 1960)
- Franck: Variations Symphoniques (Cziffra, Paris 1965)
- Granados: Allegro de Concierto Op.46 (Ciccolini, Paris 1965)
- Grieg: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Op.16 (François, Paris 1967)
- Liszt: Funérailles S. 173 (Ciccolini, Paris 1965)
- Liszt: Étude d’Exécution Transcendante S. 139 No.10 (Cziffra, Paris 1961)
- Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 (Janis, Paris 1968)
- Ravel: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G Major (François, Paris 1964)
- Scarlatti: Sonata K. 11 (Michelangeli, Paris 1965)
- Schumann: Papillons Op.2 (Kempff, Paris 1961)
- Schumann: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Op.54 (Arrau, London 1963)
- Schumann: Carnaval Op.9 (Arrau, Paris 1961)
- Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.3 Op.28 (Gilels, London 1959)
- Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.3 Op.26 (Janis, Paris 1963)
- Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Op.23 (Gilels, Paris 1959)

Bonus: "Glenn Gould, The Alchemist" - A documentary film by Bruno Monsaingeon (Gould, Toronto 1974)

 



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