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In 1950, as victor of the 1949 Marguerite Long Competition,
the 25-year-old Ciccolini recorded his first 78; it was
devoted to Scarlatti, a composer to whom he later returned.
Following soon afterwards was Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto
No.1, conducted by Andre Cluytens- the pianist asked for
the tapes of the second concerto to be destroyed, since he
did not like the piece - and then produced an anthology of
Mozart sonatas which has a finesse, balance and sonic
splendor still typical of Ciccolini's concert performances
The 56 CD collection contains numerous items which have become available for the first time (such as Mozart sonatas and Bach Inventions previously only released in Japan, or his first Debussy disc, dating from 1969), or which have never been released, such as the magnificent Pictures at an Exhibition recorded in 1976. With particular care taken over the transfers, including remastering of all the late recordings, this box will convince any remaining skeptics that Aldo Ciccolini, though born in Naples, holds a place at the very summit of French pianism.