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In contrast to his introspective Mazurkas, the Polonaises display Chopin at his most extroverted.
Pollini far transcends those pianists who believe that Chopin's music is romantic - Chopin never exaggerated anything (as in the normal Romantic Era tradition).
The 4 minor key polonaises in particular have a demonic ferocity which Pollini makes the most of.
The sound was so low I had to jack it up on my Bose to 60!Published 2 months ago by Richard Vaughn Harris
I love this CD of polonaises. Maurizio Pollini is one of the most eminent pianists of our time. Having all seven of the pieces on a single CD is great.Published 19 months ago by Theresa A. Afram
Let me just come at this from an angle of someone who loves classical music but has no clue about musical theory or lessons in any instruments since I was 12. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael P. McParland
This set of polonaises took the record buying public by storm when it was first issued in 1976. Pollini was already known for his Chopin recordings and for his great technical... Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by I. Giles
Pollini sets a standard for performing Chopin's music that others have not been able to achieve. Pollini gives great feeling to Chopin's music. IPublished on August 26, 2012 by Jim K
Many years ago, like 30 or more, I have seen a Chopin's life movie where the actor plays (not really) one of these polonaises. Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Erik Nielsen
Pollini's Polonaises rightfully echo the comment by Robert Schumann of Chopin's works as being 'guns buried in flowers'. Read morePublished on June 22, 2009 by Abert
INTRODUCTION: The Polonaises make up a very interesting part of Chopin's oeuvre. His very first composition was a Polonaise, and it may well be argued his progressive development... Read morePublished on May 17, 2009 by C. Pontus T.
I have to admit that the polonaises don't belong among my favorite Chopin works (apart from the Polonaise-Fantasie). Read morePublished on February 2, 2009 by G.D.