After The Playground Tony did a couple more disks that are already offered here, so next in line is this one. It's goooooood.
Misha Elman was one the most sublime exponents the violin ever had. His accurate intonation, balance and deep lyricism never falls in common places. His signature keeps a narrow relationship with expression. Superb. Many brilliant stars of the instrument should listen him. For many he is outdated but it's an easy way for eschewing about the real essence and purpose of the music.
This splendid seven-disc set marks Alicia de Larrocha's 2003 retirement from the concert stage after an extraordinary career spanning more than seven decades. To many listeners, she is a peerless performer of Iberian (particularly Spanish and Catalan) music. Indeed, as her rendition of Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain demonstrates, this Catalan pianist brilliantly captures the indefinable magic and charm of Iberian music, revealing a timeless richness and depth that lesser artists, conforming to ideas of national style, often miss. It would be a mistake, however, to define de Larrocha as an "Iberian specialist." As this set demonstrates, her rich repertoire encompasses various traditions and a timespan from the late Baroque to the present, from Bach to Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002).