This fine collection has a diverse range of well know piano repertoire from Bach to Gershwin and illustrates Weissenberg’s brilliance and his exciting lyrical playing. Including both orchestral and solo piano works this collection offers a magnificent range of repertoire for the piano enthusiast.
Alexis Weissenberg (July 26, 1929 – January 8, 2012) was a Bulgarian-born French pianist.
The most important work in this DVD is the film of Alexis Weissenberg playing Petrushka. From the notes: "through the inventiveness of its framing, the subtlety of its composition and the attention paid to the photography, Petrushka, interpreted by Alexis Weissenberg and directed by Ake Falck, is a unique example of a musical cinematographic film.This film also had a considerable impact on Alexis Weissenberg's career. Notes by Michel Glotz, his Manager and friend.
Weissenberg's Chopin is not for the faint hearted, but it does have its fans. No less a pianist than Glenn Gould commented parenthetically in an article in the May 1976 issue of High Fidelity that: “I always felt that I could live without the Chopin concertos and managed to until Alexis Weissenberg dusted the cobwebs from Mme. Sand’s salon and made those works a contemporary experience.” Gould brands Weissenberg's Chopin as a “unique example of the rite of re-creation”, alongside Barbara Streisand's Classical Barbara album. Take from that what you will. In any case, those jaded listeners who cannot bear talk of the warmth of Chopin's limpid beauty will probably enjoy Weissenberg's bracing bucket of ice immensely.
– Tim Perry, MusicWeb International
The box set comprised 100 volumes featuring 72 pianists of the 20th century, each volume with two CDs and a booklet about the life and work of the featured pianist. The set contains a variety of composers from different eras, from Baroque to Contemporary classical.