Historical Recordings

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Nelson Freire (piano)

SCSH 026

This release of a unique youth recording (1957) of Nelson Freire, at the age of 12, includes a recording of his live concert performance in the final round of the Rio de Janeiro Piano Competition of that year, which launched his career, as well as pieces he recorded, immediately after the competition.


“…expressive nuances of an extraordinary prodigy….&quot;<br><br>&quot;You would hardly credit that the playing of the B<br>minor Scherzo, which he had studied and memorized in two weeks, and F minor Ballade is that of a pianist not yet in his teens.”

Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone March 2012

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