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Stravinsky: Three Dances from Pétrouchka - Prokofiev: Piano Sonate No. 7 - Webern: Variationen - Boulez: Sonate No. 2

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Amazing

The Petruschka section is easily one of the most difficult pieces for the piano I have ever seen and Pollini plays it like "Mary had a Little Lamb". Listen to the very beginning. He's playing rapid chord progressions with both hands and even imagining doing that blows my mind. Track 6 is another one of my favorites. When Prokofiev wrote it, he was imagining the Nazi army invading France and the troops marching into the city. The other 2 sections by Webern and Boulez are more radical and sound more like "roll of the dice" tonality pieces, which I rarely ever listen to, but the CD is still definately worth getting.

a classic album

Most listeners stick to the Stravinsky and Prokofiev, but the Webern and Boulez are classic versions as well. Regardles, for a single, defining movement, listen to the 3rd movement of the Prokofiev (appropriately Precipitato). Pollini plays it significantly faster than ANYONE, there's an element of out of control percussiveness that has to be heard to be believed. I have several other versions, including Gavrilov, Richter, and Ashkenazy, who all sound like a walk in the park in comparison. Only Anne-Marie McDermott comes close, by being a bit more nuanced. But this is unbelievable pianism.

wow

hey dj, i also heard Petrushka from Nodame cantabile!!! :D unfortunately i bought another version and i didnt reallly like it ( the anime version is better) but this seems quite superior, and the techniques of Maurizio are amazing!!! as you can see, the third movement ( the best one, in my opinion) can only be purchased in group, but if you do so i can assure you won't regret it. this piece is great in the hands of Maurizio!!!

Biography

Born: January 5, 1942 in Milan, Italy

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 of Chopin etudes in Milan that drew favorable attention from the national Italian press. He won a second prize...
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Stravinsky: Three Dances from Pétrouchka - Prokofiev: Piano Sonate No. 7 - Webern: Variationen - Boulez: Sonate No. 2, Maurizio Pollini
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Feb 20, 1995

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