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PETRI PLAYS BACH & BUSONI: Busoni's Fantasia Contrappuntistica and Busoni's Transcriptions of 8 Short Bach Chorales
PETRI PLAYS BACH & BUSONI: Busoni's Fantasia Contrappuntistica and Busoni's Transcriptions of 8 Short Bach Chorales

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great recordings of all time, January 3, 2011
Unfortunately this recording has not found its way in the (too) vast digital market. Its tranfer from a 33 vinyl to a compact would be a belated sign of artistic wisdom on the side of recording companies. I think it would also be a commercial winner. I have always wondered where is the artistic and economic advantage of having the 3,577th boxset of Beethoven piano sonatas by some contemporary, more or leass accomplished, pianist under an exclusive contract with a big company when most collectors have already those of Schnabel, Backhaus, Arrau, Gulda, Kempff, Ashkenazy, Nat, Brendel (please note: the outstanding recent issue of Beethoven piano sonatas is Gulda (!!!) live perfomances of the 1950's on the Orfeo label) . Unless the new artist produces something exceptional ( like perhaps Richard Goode in recent years), I strongly doubt that such a new box-set would have a great commercial success. The artistic result is even more doubtful. In the meantime a jewel like Petri's performance of Busoni's Fantasia Contrappuntistica ( or for that matter of Beethoven op. 106) is forgotten. Petri was an artistic of the highest level
(if I recollect correctly, Casella rated him as the pianists's pianist, one of the greatest masters of XXth century)and in this work of his teacher Ferruccio Busoni, as in Beethoven's latest sonatas, he would reach for the highest levels of artistry and inspiration. Why a recording company does not show some immagination and issue a cd ( or 2 cd's) with Petri's performances of Busoni's Fantasia Contrappuntistica and Beethoven's Hammerklavier (op.106) ? I bet it (they) would make more money than by issueing the 10,000th recordings of Bruch violin concerto. I have both Vinyls of Petri's performances and I would certainly buy straight away the cd(s) if it (they) was (were) ever issued.
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Egon Petri: His Recordings 1929-1942, Vol. 1
Egon Petri: His Recordings 1929-1942, Vol. 1
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a master at work, January 5, 2009
Unfortunately we have very little available of Petri's superb artistry. He was a great pianist endowed with one of the greatest "technical mechanisms" of music history.He was an even greater "interpreter". His visionary approach to Liszt in this APR box set is stunning; he can evoke a past era of music making without a touch of vulgarity or selfindulgence in his own technical prowess. There is no display of powerful octaves (probably the only relative weakness in his superb technique )but the instictive integrity of subordinating his magnificent skills to the needs of musical architecture. A great musician-pianist (like Bachkhaus,Horszowski and Richter), sadly overlooked in his own time and now.This box set is a must for any music lover


Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 "Eroica"
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 "Eroica"
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Eroica lacking in heroism, January 6, 2007
when one of the most dramatic statements in the history of music and art is belittled by the assertivness of pedantic musicology ( acting here as a substitute for deep artistic feeling and understanding), the outcome can only be disappointment; and disappointment it is.
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Haydn: Piano Sonata in E Flat Major / Beethoven: Tempest Sonata / Chopin: Etudes Op. 25
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E Flat Major / Beethoven: Tempest Sonata / Chopin: Etudes Op. 25
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterful, November 24, 2006
This cd is superb. Listeners can experience Backhaus at his best.

Backhaus was one of the supreme artists of the 20th century (we may fix the beginning of his careeer around 1905) and I would deeply disagree with those who like to define him as the bearer of a gruff, iningratiating style. I do disagree also with those who put down his 1960's recordings as those of a stodgy old pianist. Masterful Beethoven and Haydn by Backhaus is not a surprise for most listeners (except some British critics). The Chopin in this cd is not a surprise as well, at least for those who have been careful listeners of Backhaus. Not only he was a renown interpreter of Chopin in his earlier career, but he went back to Chopin in the late 1940's and in the 1950's. In fact his later Beethoven, permeated by wider tempo fluctuations than in the past, may be the outcome of this renewed acquaintance with Chopin. It should also be taken into account that in the concert hall Backhaus allowed himeself a freedom which only rarely entered in his studio work (though go back to his Bach and Mozart and you could see how much freedom he would introduce if he thought it was the case). In these recordings, expecially in Beethoven, you may experience some of the poetic freedom that Backhaus allowed himself in the concert hall. Here you have a master at work. I would strongly reccomend this cd to anybody as I would reccomend to anybody to acquire his live recordings on Orfeo and the box set of Beethoven sonatas that he recorded in mono for Decca in the 1950's. There you will find one of the most compelling performances of the Hammerklavier (which was also included in the stereo box set of the 1960's ever recorded).


Piano Concerti 19 21 & 27 / Concerto for 2 Pianos
Piano Concerti 19 21 & 27 / Concerto for 2 Pianos
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal Mozart, February 2, 2006
Though Schnabel is often known as "the man who invented Beethoven", thanks to the US music critic Harold Schonberg, he was also the pianist to whom (together with Eduard Erdman) we owe the "discovery" of Schubert's piano music and the development of a modern approach to Mozart. This development was achieved by Schnabel, together with his contemporaries Edwin Fischer and Wilhem Backhaus and in the wake of Ferruccio Busoni. These pianists, taking different routes, went beyond a strictly Biedermeier or drawing room view of Mozart, still alive in a pianist like Gieseking (though suffused with an unsentimental melancholia) and expose Mozart's more dramatic (at times tragic) dimension. They opened the way to Petri,Horszowski, Serkin, Arrau, Lipatti, Gulda, Perahia, Schiff,...In these recordings, we have Schnabel at his very best: his capacity of maintaining a close relationship between different level of sonority, his ability of shortening or lengthening silences, his sensitive rubato, his purling legato.

Any consideration of style (authenticist or not authenticist) can be fortunately abandoned. Here we have pure musicianship showing the futility of such debates over styles. Here we have the music of Mozart, through the eyes of a magical pianist at its most profound and human level.


Wilhelm Backhaus ~ Beethoven - The Piano Sonatas
Wilhelm Backhaus ~ Beethoven - The Piano Sonatas
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Backhaus: a giant, August 5, 2005
I have noticed the resurgence (or should I say the emergence) of Wilhelm Backhaus in the USA and Canada. On continental Europe there has never been any doubt that Backhaus, with Schnabel, Fischer and Arrau (and personally I would add Horszowsky and Petri), has been one of the greatest interpreters of the Classics (Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart). It is also been recognized that he had been a marvellous interpreter of Liszt, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Chopin. In the UK Backhaus is still very often (fortunately not always) dismissed as having a too direct and brusque stile, occasionally characterised by a gruff good humour but lacking in sensitivity and depth. What a bunch of utter nonsense!!! Just listen to his interpretation of Beethoven's sonata no.29 in B flat major, op.106 ( so called Hammerklavier). The way in which he can hold together the whole of the sonata, subtly revealing its internal unities and so letting this gigantic work develop as a living organism, is magisterial. The way in which the impetus generated by the fortissimo opening chord in B flat melts in the following changes in harmony, is achieved via a magestirial use of rubato. A use of rubato which reflects a deep understanding of the harmonic structure of the text. It is not sheer emotion which leads to the application of rubato, but the analysis of sound realationships which leads to use rubato as a tool to reveal sentiments: not flamboyant emotionalism but deep search of emotions. Please listen to the sound generated in the adagio sostenuto whith its difficult variations in sonority. The implicit indication of Beethoven.is magestirially fulfilled as only a restricted group of great masters (Arrau, Petri, Richter, Schnabel) can do. Beauty of sound in itself is meaningless, but beauty of sound to achieve musical meaning is a rare gift.
Please go back to Backhaus and listen carefully: Backhaus is a giant.


Piano Sonata / Piano Concerto
Piano Sonata / Piano Concerto

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A passionate romantic performance, August 4, 2005
this is not a performance for faint-harted perfectionists nor for hard-nosed music martinets, this a performance with a strongly romantic bent. Ney, as her usual, is not a clean player. A certain amount of untidy playing is part and parcel of her style, but what a flair, what a passion! What a pity that this player tainted her career with disgraceful political allegiances. She was a musical force to be reckoned with, as this cd testifies. Konwitschny conducting is in a "Furtwanglerian" mould. The musical structure is revealed through flexible but not arbitrary phrasing. The orchestra follows with similarly unrestraint passion. Beautiful!


Heisenberg and the Nazi Atomic Bomb Project, 1939-1945: A Study in German Culture
Heisenberg and the Nazi Atomic Bomb Project, 1939-1945: A Study in German Culture
by Paul Lawrence Rose
Edition: Paperback
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a waste of time and money, August 4, 2005
this book is so deeply biased and prejudiced against its main subject (Werner Heisenberg) that it cannot be taken seriously even for the few relevant things it has to say. Moreover the author is so aggressive (almost violent)against what he calls "german culture" (this label already suggests a lot) that his criticism borders on cultural racism. I deeply regret the time and money I spent in reading and buying this book.


Complete Symphonies
Complete Symphonies
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9 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a massive disappointment, August 4, 2005
This review is from: Complete Symphonies (Audio CD)
this box-set is reasonably cheap but even its low cost has not been a consolation for my disappointment. Given my tastes, this is "cold" Schubert. To me the worst experience has come with the "Unfinished" symphony. One of the most tragic statement in music history is transformed in a lifeless, boring, scholastic exercise.
Please give me back Furtwangler, Klemperer and Bruno Walter!!!


Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 (Original Version Recorded Live on January 14, 1951)
Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 (Original Version Recorded Live on January 14, 1951)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterful performance by an overlooked master, July 9, 2005
this is an oustanding performance, to be ranked among the best of this symphony. Konwitschny's reading of Bruckner's 2nd symphony is as colossal as his reading of Bruckner's 7th (perhaps the only performance which can be ranked alongside Furtwangler's majectic 1949 with the BPO).
This performance of the 2nd is an uncomparable achievement unmatched by any other great Brucknerian. Konwitschny's sense of structure, his sensitive and flexible use of rubatos, his ability of pulling together the music even in its relatively weaker moments, make this recording quite magical. It is unfortunate that this great conductor, though famous in Eastern Europe, was overlooked by the great recording companies. I wish there were more Bruckner's recordings by Konwitschny.
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