Filmed in two exquisite Europe castles, these 1986–87 recitals by the 28-year-old Pogorelich encompassed works by Bach (the lyrical English Suites Nos. 2 and 3), Scarlatti (six charming sonatas), and Beethoven (Sonata No. 11 and a rapt "Für Elise"). With no mannerisms or audience to distract us, the focus is solely on the music and on the flying yet precise hands of this remarkable pianist.
"A treasure for piano lovers…. The performances are intimate and private. Free of the need to impress visually that is usually associated with live concerts, Pogorelich allows himself to dig deep into the music itself. His readings are thoughtful and personal, and are well supported by the castles' resonant acoustics."—Jerusalem Post
"His playing has the freedom and imagination reminiscent of some of the great pianists of the past. Pogorelich eagerly confessed to listening to old pianists—'they knew so many secrets'."—Gramophone