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A rare chance to hear a great pianist in his youthful prime. Classic FM Drive Featured Album, 18 August 2014.
To celebrate the Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire’s 70th Birthday this year, Decca have brought together this special double CD collection which presents concerto repertoire taken from high quality radio broadcasts that have not been available up until now on record.
Mined from the archives of radio stations in France, Germany and the Netherlands, these concertos present Freire's career in Europe during his 20s and early 30s, a time when he was described by the press as a "young lion of the keyboard".
Freire is not the most prolific of recording artists and his live performances are also rare so these outstandingly remastered recordings, conveying his dazzling technique and superb interpretative powers, are to be treasured.