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Classical - Released September 8, 2008 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
It's a testimony to the durability of Quatuor pour la fin du Temps that it can be effective in such a broad range of interpretive approaches, from the most hazily impressionistic to readings of scintillating clarity. Balance within this unconventional ensemble is one of the most significant interpretive parameters, with some groups aiming for a seamless blend between the disparate instruments and others emphasizing their timbral distinctiveness. In this exemplary 1968 recording, violinist Erich Gruenberg, cellist William Pleeth, clarinetist Gervase de Peyer, and pianist Michel Béroff take the latter approach and perform with clear-eyed grace and sensitivity. The result is a gleaming and pristine reading that's technically flawless and warmly emotional. This was one of the first fully successful recordings of the quartet, and it lives up to EMI's imprimatur for the series in which it's issued, "Great Recordings of the Century." The CD also features the first recording of Messiaen's 1960 orchestral piece Chronochromie, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati, who had led the work's premiere. It's a thornier and more forbidding work than the quartet, but when given full attention, it's ultimately no less rewarding. It's among the type of Messiaen pieces that's best appreciated by relinquishing a need to analyze and understand, and adopting an open acceptance of the aural phenomena as they occur. It's full of startling and colorful sonorities and has a propulsive, if unpredictable rhythmic vitality. Dorati leads a performance that's sensitive to both the work's delicacy and explosive energy. EMI's sound is clean and vibrant. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 1988 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1973 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 3, 1992 | Warner Classics

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Solo Piano - Released October 30, 2015 | Lyrinx

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Classical - Released January 1, 1970 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 3, 2006 | Warner Classics

French Bartók? Isn't that a contradiction in terms? After all, doesn't French mean smooth, refined, and elegant? And doesn't Bartók mean raw, angular, and brutal? Yes and no. French, modernist French, can also mean hard, harsh, and edgy, and Bartók, at least some Bartók, can also mean cool, considered, and concentrated. In this two-disc set of piano music recorded between 1974 and 1976, French modernist piano player Michel Béroff meets Hungarian modernist composer Bartók, and, perhaps to the amazement of some, finds common ground. Béroff's tone is big, his touch is muscular, and his sense of rhythm is rock solid, all qualities that fit Bartók to a T. Listen to Béroff launch into the sets of Romanian, Hungarian, and Bulgarian dances that start off the set, listen to his fierce attacks, his keen accents, and his propulsive rhythms: is this not Bartók playing of the first rank? Then listen to Béroff tear into the sonata and the sonatina that follows, listen to his masterful sforzandos, his magisterial cross-rhythms, and his complete command of asymmetrical form: is this not Bartók playing of the highest order? And while it's true the Béroff may come down a bit too hard on the Ten Easy Pieces and the selections from For Children, no one could debate his intensity or his dedication. For listeners used to Hungarian pianists playing Bartók, Béroff may seem perhaps too French at first, but anyone with a fondness for the Hungarian composer will surely come to appreciate Béroff's virtuoso technique and his modernist approach. EMI's late stereo recordings are clear, warm, and honest. © TiVo
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Classical - Released October 1, 2007 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 3, 2005 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1972 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2009 | Denon

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Classical - Released January 1, 2009 | Denon

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Classical - Released January 1, 1980 | Warner Classics