'E lucevan le stelle' Giacomo Puccini Download ''E lucevan le stelle'' on iTunes
Extraordinary playing from pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli creates an essential recording for any music library.
Repertoire: Préludes; Images
Artists: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)
Label: DG 477 5345
These recordings, rarely out of the catalogue since their first appearances in 1978 (Préludes) and 1971 (Images), have achieved cult status. Michelangeli’s refined keyboard colouring and penetrating textual lucidity are extraordinary, but at the same time I find something emotionally detached behind the playing. Whether or not you respond favourably, however, it remains an essential piano disc for every collection.