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Michelangeli Plays Debussy


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The legendary Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, playing at the height of his powers, performs some of Debussy's most sensuous and arresting music for piano, in the famously rare 1962 RAI TV recording, newly restored and remastered. Also incl

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  • Actors: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Canope Bruyeres
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Spanish, German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1P39I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,540 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2006
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Michelangeli was noted for his immaculate playing, but he was equally noted for his ability to coax incredibly rich and subtle sound from the piano. He always claimed that tone color was a function of the pianist's mind, not so much his fingers. Whatever the means, in Debussy's piano music Michelangeli was unparalleled in his generation. This recital was filmed in 1962 in a television studio in Turin, in black and white, in mono, and with very little camera movement. Mostly it is shot from the audience's point of view, giving us the pianist's right side and a clear view of his hands. There are no close-ups. Sound is of its time and indeed in one spot there is some distortion (and a subtitle that tells us that this is a fault of the original tape). Still, these performances of the two books of 'Images', a couple of pr?ludes ('Bruyères' and 'Canope') and the 'Children's Corner' suite are nonpareil. Michelangeli manages to convey Debussy's at-time blurry harmonies as well as clearly articulating the separate elements of the music. There is dynamic contrast and, not sometimes heard in Debussy's music, a good deal of rhythmic snap. One small quibble would be that he sometimes doesn't play softly enough (as in 'Poissons d'or'), although one must hasten to add that his gradations of dynamic are masterful withal. This is Michelangeli in his early forties and at the height of his powers.Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henry D. Fasquelle on March 8, 2007
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I do hope you will have more Michelangeli tapes. I am looking forward for his Rachmaninoff 4th piano concerto. I hope they issue it some day.
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By Leo on December 16, 2013
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Debussy at his best. Michelangeli is a master!!!!! As a classical pianist,
I have almost all of the Debussy printed music. SUBLIME MUSIC
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By GUITARRAS on February 5, 2010
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This is simply the best Debussy I have heard. Awesome analog recording with Neumann U47 single mic. Entrancing all the way!

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