Sony Classical celebrates Gary Graffman American pianist, teacher of piano and music administrator with the first-ever release of Graffman's complete recordings in a 24 CDs limited original jacket collection. When RCA Red Seal released the first Graffman recordings in 1956 Schubert's "Wanderer" Fantasy and Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 the pianist was 28 years old. Now, after more than 50 years, this debut recording is being released for the first time on CD, together with 13 more LPs worth of music, all newly remastered from the original analogue tapes.
A long time ago, back in the 1970s, period instrument performances mostly sounded sweet and low down. Part of the reason for this was the catgut strings and the lower tuning, and part of the reason was that players seemed to prefer a mellower and rounder tone. But time passed and period instrument performances became more and more strident until they became nearly painful to listen to by the late '80s. Violinist Rachel Podger has recaptured the mellow sounds of yesterday by producing a warm and almost human sound with her 1739 Persarinius instrument.