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Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 18; Mozart: Rondo K.511; Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op. 126 / Menahem Pressler, piano

Notes & Reviews:

Menahem Pressler is a living legend of the piano. A founding member of the famed Beaux Arts Trio, Pressler's career was launched in 1946 when he won first prize at the Debussy International Piano Competition. After a working as a soloist for a decade, he then became one of the world's most famous chamber musicians, playing with the Beaux Arts Trio for 53 years. This solo album celebrates Pressler's 90th birthday with a collection of music from the Viennese Classical tradition. It pairs Schubert's Piano Sonata No.18 with Beethoven's Bagatelles and a remarkably poignant A minor Rondo by Mozart. The music here encompasses the full range of emotions. Pressler has honed his sonority to the point where it resembles a vocal timbre. His sound is infinitely warm, pure and tender, like a fine vintage wine. This disc is a true event, giving listeners the sensation of being transported back to a lost era.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Schubert's sonata is one of inward expression. This is a perfectly lovely performance with special attention paid to detail, along with structure. The famous Rondo is chock full of lovingly executed embellishments. Once again Pressler keeps us spellbound by his ability to caress the keyboard and his varied touch. Given the excellence of sound, recorded this past May at Indiana University, and the quality of presentation, this becomes, something to cherish.



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