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Chopin: 24 Preludes; Nocturnes; Mazurkas and Scherzo

Maurizio Pollini , Frederic Francois Chopin , n/a Audio CD
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Perhaps more of an advocate for contemporary music than any other major pianist essentially rooted in traditional repertory, Maurizio Pollini was born in Milan, Italy. He learned quickly and was given piano lessons from Carlo Lonati from an early age, making his public debut at the age of nine. Enrolling in the Milan Conservatory, he studied with Carlo Vidusso. In 1957 he performed a recital ... Read more in Amazon's Maurizio Pollini Store

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  • Conductor: n/a
  • Composer: Frederic Francois Chopin
  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B008K7X1MO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No. 1 in C major. Agitato
2. No. 2 in A minor. Lento
3. No. 3 in G major. Vivace
4. No. 4 in E minor. Largo
5. No. 5 in D major. Allegro molto
6. No. 6 in B minor. Lento assai
7. No. 7 in A major. Andantino
8. No. 8 in F sharp minor. Molto agitato
9. No. 9 in E major. Largo
10. No. 10 in C sharp minor. Allegro molto
11. No. 11 in B major. Vivace
12. No. 12 in G sharp minor. Presto
13. No. 13 in F sharp major. Lento
14. No. 14 in E flat minor. Allegro
15. No. 15 in D flat major. Sostenuto
16. No. 16 in B flat minor. Presto con fuoco
17. No. 17 in A flat major. Allegretto
18. No. 18 in F minor. Allegro molto
19. No. 19 in E flat major. Vivace
20. No. 20 in C minor. Largo
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He still plays Chopin with the ease that floored even Rubinstein more than 50 years ago... --The Guardian

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Master pianist Maurizio Pollini turned 70 on January 5th, 2012. We celebrate this milestone birthday with a new album of breathtaking Chopin. Its Chopin who launched Pollinis career back in 1960 the artist won the Chopin Competition. Pollinis Chopin recordings are his best-sellers the complete Nocturnes, released in 2005, have sold more than 100,000 CDs to date. Chopin features often in Pollinis solo recitals The Guardian raved, ... he still plays Chopin with the ease that floored even Rubinstein more than 50 years ago ...It's a birthday programme of newly recorded solo works: Preludes op. 28, four Mazurkas op. 30, two Nocturnes op. 27, and the Scherzo no. 2 op. 31. This new album ties-in with DGs major birthday catalogue-release campaign begun in autumn 2011 through 2014. The booklet contains four language versions: English, French, German and Italian.

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Pollini took time off after his spectacular early success to mature as a musician, and when he returned to concertizing around the time he made this classic recording of the 24 Preludes (1975), he had achieved a combinaiton of fire and ice, intelligence and passion, that has propelled his career ever since. Here, almost forty years later, he returns with readings that are mirror images, really, of the originals. One piece of good news is that DG's sound is much better this time around; the piano sounds clear, warm, and full. Since Pollini cancelled his spring recitals last year and has had a history of fragile health, this could be his valedictory Chopin recording - one hopes not, of course.

I caught his Royal Festival Hall recital last summer when he resumed concertizing, and in that recital the Preludes left me feeling a bit flat. I wondered if Pollini had lost interest in the music. He has only himself and a rare handful of Chopin pianists as rivals, so I can't say why there seemed to be a loss of fascination - it might entirely be me - but from time to time a few Preludes here seem somewhat mechanical or unfocused. (Pollini's last Chopin album, from 2008, also struck me as a falling off, more so than here - in general, critics raved over it, however). Since there have been times when, for me, Pollini hung the moon, my expectations may have been too high; by any standard this is masterful playing of the highest order. His blazing performance of the last prelude, in D minor, should settle all doubts.

The remaining works are also newly recorded for Pollini's seventieth birthday year. The two Nocturnes from Op. 27 are luminous, a pure joy. He has never recorded the complete Mazurkas, and in fact the four Mazurkas Op.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true master at his peak!! June 19, 2013
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I've heard so many performances of Chopin's preludes, including Pollini's when he was in his 20's. Then, he had peerless technique, the notes like perfectly matched pearls. Now, his technique is almost always perfect and he has added a soulful aspect that makes each prelude a unique and rich story. I've never heard them played this way. Not overdone; just each played according to it's own individual innate beauty and with all the character brought out. No matter how powerful and loud part of a piece is called for to be played, he Always makes it melodious. And he modulates soulfully; the soft melts. Extraordinary performances by one of our very greatest living pianists. It's the best, most gratifying performance I've every heard of these preludes, except for his playing of them I heard live in Carnegie Hall in 2012 (8 encore pieces because of the audience's enthusiastic gratitude... and his generosity).
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In full command of his pianistic means, the great Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini turned this year 70 and seems more inspired than ever. His most recent recording, released in this summer by his exclusive label DG to a huge international acclaim, is a fabulous one from many points of view. Devoted entirely to his favorite composer Frederic Chopin, Pollini's actual commitment to disc features all 24 Preludes (op.28), some Mazurkas (op.30), two Nocturnes (op.27) and the celebrated Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor (op.31) - a demanding and consistent program by itself. Nothing is there too much when it comes to giving rise to a new version of a beloved repertory. And Chopin exerts a perpetual seduction. When the new version is granted by a super-class maestro of the keyboard, winner (at his youth) of the Chopin competition in Warsaw and tireless champion of such a musical treasure (for many decades of career), the recording is eagerly awaited by music lovers around the world and passionately devoured. If the sound quality is beyond any reproach and no extra-noises find place on tracks (as is the case at hand), the result gets the irresistible charm of a convincing, magisterial achievement.

As Pollini gets older and his other-worldly wizardry at the keyboard (seemingly unaffected by the years' run) meets his subtle, refined musical taste, the performance spreads more and more the fresh air of perfection, the recognizable aromas of the Musical Olympus. These are definitive renditions of classical gems in the piano literature, veritable confessions of a supreme artist at his most inspired. Pollini proves once more that he is able to enchantingly surprise his admirers!

Five big stars!
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