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Infodad.com, May 2012

…highly worthy of being heard. In fact, they are worth being seen as well, for the contrast between the performance styles of these two preeminent pianists. Cliburn, playing just a year after his legendary triumph at the 1958 Tchaikovsky competition, is highly involved in the music but has a somewhat cool on-stage persona, while Arrau is fiery and intense in his Beethoven—of which the reading of the composer’s final sonata, No. 32, is particularly well-informed and well-articulated…the sound is all right but not up to today’s standards, but the playing is first-rate throughout. © 2012 Infodad.com Read complete review





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