Bella Davidovich - The Philips Legacy
Limited edition 8CD set
"Russia’s best-kept secret”, shouted the advertisements for her first Philips recordings, but critics were quick to observe that Davidovich did not fit the popular stereotype of the broad-scaled romantic Russian pianist, overpowering the music at every turn. She brought a poetic approach to everything she played, and Philips recorded her in repertoire which played to her strengths, beginning with Swiss sessions in March 1979 of Beethoven sonatas, Schumann’s "Carnaval" and Chopin’s "Preludes". More Chopin followed, including the concertos accompanied by Sir Neville Marriner – and then an album of Rachmaninov and Saint-Saens at the Concertgebouw, where she had established a warm rapport with both the Dutch orchestra and audience some years before her emigration.
Eloquence 8CD Set