Peter Serkin, foreground, playing with his father, the eminent pianist Rudolf Serkin. Photo by Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection, via Getty Images
“The collection offers a rich variety of solo pieces, chamber works and concertos by Beethoven, Berio, Chopin, Mozart, Takemitsu, Stravinsky, Schoenberg and more — in probing, lucid, often exhilarating performances. Some of these recordings I didn’t know; others I’d not listened to in years. The set has rekindled strong memories of Peter — as I came to know him — and his great artistry, and the intersection of our lives and professions,” writes Tommasini.