CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'
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'Here is a new Liszt.' - Cortot of Michelangeli
Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli was born in Brescia on 5 January 1920. He studied at the Conservatory in Milan from the age of ten, and began his career when he was eighteen. He won first prize in the Geneva International Piano Competition in 1939 and this, along with Cortot's famous proclamation above, sealed his international reputation abroad. He played in England in 1946, USA in 1948 and Poland (as part of the Chopin centenary celebrations) in 1949.
Michelangeli was also a dedicated teacher of piano, and he founded the Brescia and Bergamo International Piano Festival. He died in Lugano, Switzerland, on 12 June 1995.
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