From the catalog: "Program notes in English, German, and French laid in container.
12 Études ; Piano sonata no. 6, op. 62 / Alexander Scriabin -- Piano sonata no. 3 in C minor, op. 19 / Nikolai Myaskovsky -- Piano sonata no. 7 in B flat major, op. 83 / Sergei Prokofiev. Recorded in Moscow on June 29, 1958 and at the Grand Hall of the Conservatoire on Jan. 14, 1952, June 20, 1955, and Dec. 3, 1953."
From Amazon.com: "The late Soulima Stravinsky, son of Igor, was a pianist and composer of relatively minor reputation. So I was totally unprepared for his performance of the 'Three Movements' from Petrouchka, one of our century's great virtuoso showpieces for piano. There are wrong notes in this live performance, as there always are, but Soulima still gives a really thrilling performance of the piece, with great drama and tigerish dynamic surges. Very exciting stuff. He also plays his father's major piano works, a few minor pieces, and some transcriptions of his own with obvious insight and affection..." - Leslie Gerber
Staff Summary: Gould uses the influence of France on German culture in Bach's time to view the works of Bach from Bach's eyes. He ignores Bach's articulations and disposes of the pieces' essential character to present (according to one critic) "an x-ray of the music."
From Amazon.com: "Dating from 1932-35, this was the first complete cycle of Beethoven's piano sonatas ever recorded. It has remained available almost continuously since it was first issued, a testimonial to the staying power of these legendary performances. Other pianists may have approached Beethoven with more secure technique, and there are certainly other conceptions of this music that deserve our attention. But the intellectual comprehension and--especially!--the intense emotional projection of Artur Schnabel's performances will remain treasures as long as listeners love Beethoven's music..." - Leslie Gerber
Review from Amazon : "Kissin gives us Horowitz's brilliance, without the nervous affectations and missed notes, and Rubinstein's healthy athleticism and grandeur, without the occasional inattention to detail. In a performance such as this, Kissin convinces us that he is at once the Horowitz and the Rubinstein of our era--and perhaps superior to either."
Producer's Note: "We now hear for the very first time, magical Kapell performances of Chopin's Barcarolle, Debussy's Suite bergamasque and God Save the Queen. Also included is his demonic rendition of Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 7...The source discs are more than fifty years old."
From the catalog: "Program notes in German with English, French, and Italian translations (43 p.) inserted in container. Recorded in June 1972, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (1st-2nd works), and September 1975, Konzerthaus, Turku, Finland (3rd work)."
From Amazon.com: "Along with the extramusical significance of the aged Horowitz's return to his erstwhile homeland, there's plenty here for seekers of the essential Horowitz. Perhaps his finest Mozart recording, the C-major Sonata, gets a forward-moving reading distinguished by an Andante Cantabile movement that sings the music with the tonal splendor and command of line characteristic of the beloved bel canto singers of the past whom Horowitz looked to as musical models. The program's remainder is as formidable, and only a curmudgeon could fail to smile with delight at a favorite Horowitz encore, Rachmaninoff's Polka de W.R." - Dan Davis
From Amazon.com: "Prepared, shot, and edited over a period of five years from 1976 to 1981, the three-part series Glenn Gould Plays Bach has so far only been seen via the limited parameters of television transmission. Now, for the first time, this [testament] is made available with a sound and picture [reproduction] faithful to our original conception. Glenn Gould's first recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations in 1955 had made his name legendary. This film, shot in New York in April and May 1981, marks his life--as if interpolated between the two peaceful Arias and the two recordings, the one opening, the other closing his career--with a symbol of cyclic perfection. 58 minutes."
From moderecords.com: "Chess Pieces is from 1944, an emotional and creative year for Cage; besides echoes of Satie, Chess Pieces contains prophetic touches of minimalism and has features in common with his monumental piano piece, Four Walls, from the same year. A renowned Cage interpreter, Ms. Tan worked closely with the composer from 1981 to 1992. Cage was particularly appreciative of her performances of his works for the prepared piano. This is Ms. Tan's long-awaited recording of Cage's prepared piano masterpiece, the Sonatas and Interludes of 1946-48. Also included is the first recording of the only other musical score from 'The Imagery of Chess' show, neo-classical composer Vittorio Rieti's Chess Serenade."
From allrovi.com: "In this concert staged at Carnegie Hall to celebrate the 135th anniversary of the first Steinway and the 500,000 piano that the company has manufactured, Van Cliburn takes the stage to introduce twenty-seven virtuoso pianists including Peter Orth, Murray Perahia, Lazar Berman, and Alfred Brendel as they perform the works of Schubert, Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, and more. As the performance reaches its climax, the twenty-one movements of Schumann's 'Carnaval' are divided between nineteen pianists for the second time since the 1921 [Carnegie] Hall benefit concert staged for Moritz Moskowski."