The term “a pianist’s pianist” refers to someone out of the public spotlight who may have recorded very little but whose playing impressed fellow musicians. Names like Michel Block and Ivan Moravec come to mind. Another is Eduardo del Pueyo, a Spaniard who resided in Belgium. He made records for Philips in the 1950s but gave up concertising to teach. Eloquence has reissued his complete Philips discography, evenly split between Beethoven and the Spanish repertoire: Granados, and Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain(beautifully conducted by Jean Martinon). Pueyo’s Granados is intimate, cleanly projected and alive: the Spanish Dancesremain close to their terpsichorean roots. Pueyo’s Beethoven displays the same characteristics of clarity and rhythmic precision (uncommon in the 50s).

Riccardo Chailly Riccardo Chailly. Photo © Gert Mothes

Companies are still producing “complete” box sets of reissues. The sound quality and repertoire interest can vary, but the new 55-disc Decca symphony set featuring...

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