Leonard Pennario - the Complete Rca Album Collection

Leonard Pennario

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"Nobody plays the piano better than Leonard Pennario," wrote the eminent critic Andrew Porter in London's New Statesman in 1952, when the competition would have included none less than Horowitz in his prime. That year, Pennario began recording for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, and a decade later he moved to RCA Victor, for which label he made a series of distinguished albums. To mark the tenth anniversary of Pennario's death, Sony Classical is now pleased to reissue all of the pianist's RCA recordings together for the first time in a single box.

Among the acclaimed solo recital albums in this set are a collection of popular short pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorák, Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Grieg, Falla, Debussy, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff which Pennario plays "with admirable care and impeccable taste" (High Fidelity) as well as both books of Debussy Préludes: "This is a most beautifully played set" (Gramophone). Although Pennario became best known as a formidable virtuoso, he was also renowned for his performances of chamber music, and RCA documents his participation in the famous series given by Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky. Their performance of the Mendelssohn C minor Piano Trio was praised by High Fidelity for its "conception of restraint and grandeur ... consistently maintained throughout all four movements", and in the coupling of cello sonatas by Mendelssohn and Strauss, wrote Gramophone, "Pennario plays admirably, matching Piatigorsky's forceful musical characterization."

Media Musik     CD   (Compact Disc)
Number of units × 12
Released 7/2-2019
EAN/UPC 0190758992723
Label POP
Cat. no. SYNX19075899272.2
Genre Classical
Dimensions 125 × 142 × 10 mm
Weight (estimated) 806 g

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