30 May 2016

Pianist: 5 Stars

“What a gargantuan task: to a record Rachmaninov’s complete solo piano music. It is best left for only the finest virtuoso pianists, not only because the technical
challenges are monumental, but also the sheer magnitude of music is overwhelming. Artur Pizarro copes with all these challenges without ever sounding strained or out of steam. His preferred Yamaha piano is clearly recorded, and the whole production arrives in a sleek seven-CD box. Pizarro includes early sketches, plus the arrangements, and his set is
the most complete to date. As an overall view of the Rachmaninov piano music, this should be your first choice, but naturally we cannot forget individual recordings, not least of the sonatas and the preludes where Pizarro is up against legendary performers. However, and this has to be underlined, for a complete set Pizarro is a master musician with enough technical power to make the music dance from score.”

Marius Dawn
April-May 2016

01 – Beethoven – 8 Variations in C major on a theme by Count Waldstein Wo0 67 // Boundless
  1. 01 – Beethoven – 8 Variations in C major on a theme by Count Waldstein Wo0 67 // Boundless
  2. 02 – Beethoven – Sonata for Piano Four Hands in D major Op 6 – I. Allegro molto // Boundless
  3. 03 – Beethoven – Sonata for Piano Four Hands in D major Op 6 – II. Rondo moderato // Boundless
  4. 04 – Beethoven – Quintet for Piano and Winds Op 16 – I. Grave – Allegro ma non troppo // Boundless
  5. 05 – Beethoven – Quintet for Piano and Winds Op 16 – II. Andante cantabile // Boundless
  6. 06 – Beethoven – Quintet for Piano and Winds Op 16 – III. Rondo Allegro ma non troppo // Boundless
  7. 07 – Beethoven – Six Variations in D major on ‘Ich denke dein’ for Piano Four Hands Wo0 74 // Boundless
  8. 08 – Beethoven – Marcia I in C major Op 45 – Allegro ma non troppo // Boundless
  9. 09 – Beethoven – Marcia II in E flat major Op 45 – Vivace // Boundless
  10. 10 – Beethoven – Marcia III in D major Op 45 – Vivace // Boundless
  11. 11 – Beethoven – Grosse Fuge in B-flat major Op 134 // Boundless