Thursday, December 19, 2013

Menahem Pressler goes solo again...

Before he formed the Beaux Arts trio in 1955, pianist Menahem Pressler had a solo and concerto career. Between 1950 and 1953, he recorded many LP’s for the American MGM label and one of them is Mendelssohn’s first piano concerto in g minor, opus 25. Conductor was the man who is more famous for the conductors he moulded, lectured and formed, than for his own conducting; Hans Swarowsky.
Oa. His pupils were (hold your breath): Claudio Abbado, Albert Rosen, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Bruno Weil, Mariss Jansons, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Zubin Mehta… The recording was issued in Europe on the subscription label Concert Hall MMS (see picture below)

Sixty(!) years later the now almost (december) 90 year old Pressler renews his solo career with two brand new CD’s on the BIS (sadly not on Spotify yet) and „La Dolce Volta” label. 
From that last CD I picked the six Beethoven Bagatelles from op. 126.
Hope you will enjoy them!

Mendelssohn: Piano concerto in g minor op. 25
Menahem Pressler, Piano
"Vienna opera orchestra"
Hans Swarowski, conductor
Beethoven: Six Bagatelles op. 126
Menahem Pressler, Piano
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