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Historic Solomon from 1956

Solomon, piano
RAI Turin Orchestra/Lorin Maazel
Guild GHCD2353 67m ADD
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This wonderful performance of Brahms' First Piano Concerto surely deserves to be better known. Apart from the rather atrocious sound which is a major factor in the proceedings, Solomon's innate and gifted pianism married with Maazel's youthful vigour shines through in an almost unprecedented manner.

The splendid notes by Robert Matthew Walker expand on Solomon's all too short-lived career from its beginnings in the run down East End of London to the tragic stroke which was to end his performing career in the mid 1950's. Evidence of Solomon's solo playing is also brought to the fore in this magnificent performance of Mozart's K. 333 which sings along quite magically. Yet another essential issue from the rapidly growing Guild Historical stable.

Copyright © 2009, Gerald Fenech