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Classical - Released January 1, 1987 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 1982 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 27, 2009 | Denon

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released December 1, 1984 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 15, 1990 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

There's all sorts of beauty. There's Mozart's beauty and Bach's beauty and there's Debussy's beauty and Bartók's beauty. But Mozart's beauty is not Bach's beauty and Debussy's beauty is not Bartók's music. So while one can admire the hard beauty of Zoltan Kocsis' 1988 recording of Debussy's recording, it is impossible to approve of it. Kocsis' playing is beyond reproach: whatever is on the page comes out of the piano, every nuanced dynamic, every glancing grace note, every subtle rhythm. But his clarity is cold and his lucidity is cruel. Reflects dans l'eau is frozen into crystal. Cloches à travers les feuilles rings clangorously. Poissons d'or glints but does not gleam. Reverie is sleep with no rest and the Berceuse héroïque is a last post over a dead fort in the desert. It is all very beautiful, but it is all an awful beauty. Philips' early digital piano sound is clean, dry, and efficient.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1987 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released February 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released March 8, 1995 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1985 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 14, 1983 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

It was in the brand-new Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco that Hungarian pianist Zoltán Kocsis recorded, between 1982 and 1984, Sergei Rachmaninov's complete works for piano, conducted by Dutch maestro Edo de Waart, who was then the musical director of the Californian city's orchestra, a symbol of counterculture and tolerance. In 1964, at the age of 23, he had won the Dimitri Mitropoulos Competition and became assistant to Bernstein in New York. With his baby face and tumbling hair, Zoltán Kocsis, who died prematurely in 2016, was every inch the musician, moved by an intense inner flame and an appetite for life which would consume him. An ardent pianist, a demanding conductor, composer, transcriber, and orchestrator, he excelled in the works of Bartók and Liszt, and was also a particularly inspired performer of Debussy and Ravel. A music critic in his day, he composed, amongst other things, a symphonic poem inspired by the Chernobyl tragedy. This complete recording of Rachmaninov's concertos is thrilling in more ways than one. First of all, thanks to his rapid and fluid tempos, which are close to those in the performances left behind by the composer; but also because Kocsis has mastered lyrical passages, where he can let himself go without a hint of complacency. His hands run across the keyboard like the wind, carried by an eye-popping virtuosity which gives a breath of fresh air and new life to these works which often suffer from "over-performance". © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 1983 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1989 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released June 2, 2017 | Hungaroton

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1991 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1995 | Decca Music Group Ltd.