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NIFCCD 629-630 Michael Block - Sonata in B-flat minor, Piano Concerto, Etudes

NIFCCD 629-630 Michael Block - Sonata in B-flat minor, Piano Concerto, Etudes NIFCCD 629-630 Michael Block - Sonata in B-flat minor, Piano Concerto, Etudes

A double album of Michel Block with Chopin Competition recordings from 1960, presented after the recently released recordings of André Tchaikowsky (1955 Competition) and Angela Hewitt (from 1980).

‘"Michel Block turned out to be the first pianist in the history of the Warsaw event to arouse extreme emotions [...].  He was accused of possessing an over-rampant imagination and betraying the Chopin style [...]. Others, meanwhile-perhaps, in turn, too uncritically-praised him to the skies as the one who should really have defeated the unqualified victor in 1960, Maurizio Pollini.'*

The Fryderyk Chopin Institute brings them back in its Blue Series, which reminds listeners of the most interesting performances of the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competitions.

*From Marcin Gmys' text in the CD booklet

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