CD 1 67:33): PARMA, Book 6. Sonatas 1-15; CD 2 (64:57): PARMA, Book 6, Sonatas 16-30; CD 3 (63:55): PARMA, Book 7, Sonatas 1-15; CD 4 (64:40): PARMA, Book 7, Sonatas 16-31; CD 5 (64:07): PARMA, Book 8, Sonatas 1-15; CD 6 (67:56): PARMA, Book 8, Sonatas 16-30. Carlo Grante playing the Bösendorfer Imperial piano. [DDD] Total time: 06:03:08. UPC # 0-1768512732-8. Special offer: 6 CDs for the price of 4!
BUZZ: The first two volumes in this series –the only one ever recorded with the same pianist playing all works – met with high critical acclaim. Jonathan Woolf wrote in MusicWeb International “…beautifully played, and recorded, the first box in Music & Arts’ series [CD-1236] is profoundly impressive.” And Jed Distler wrote in Gramophone: “My review of Volume I praised Grante’s thoughtful virtuosity and stylistic insights, together with his wide range of agogic stresses, articulations and embellishments, not to mention an acute sense of textural diversity and registral differentiation that have as much to do with Grante as with the vintage Bösendorfer grand used. These words apply even more to Volume 2 [CD-1242] where Grante’s highly detailed fingerwork goes right to the heart of each sonata’s character.”