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Anticipation of a Masterpiece

The album has not yet been released, so this is less a review than a promotion. As a pianist for 25 years, I've grown to love and appreciate Chopin as any true music lover should at some point. I've heard scores of pianists perform the many masterful opuses that Chopin blessed the world with, but there is something about the brilliance and command that Pollini possesses that separates him from the rest of the pack. His performance of the beautiful and notoriously difficult Chopin Etudes is particularly impressive. I would expect nothing less from this upcoming compilation. To any fan of classical music who man not have done so already, do yourself a huge favor and acquaint yourself with the works of Pollini!

Great Playing

But as the last reviewer noted, this is more or less a corporate mixtape of previously recorded material with a few extras tossed in. Pollini's a great artist, but this really doesn't demand the price they're asking. -Bz

Only 24 minutes of new recordings

Who is in charge of A&R at DG? This album is only 53 minutes. 29 minutes of this offering are works (Barcarolle, Polonaise-Fantaisie, and the Nocturnes Op 62) that Pollini has already recordedfor DG. Both Barcarolles are wonderful. The latest Polonaise -Fantaisie seems too quick and doesn't breathe. The Nocturnes remain classically clinical. The Waltz Op 64 n 2 is superb. The Mazurkas Op 59 n 2 & 3 are exceptional.
Instead of re-recording works, why not have Pollini tackle such works as the Allegro de Concert Op 46, the Bolero Op 19, the Impromptus Opp 29, 51 and 66(post), which he has yet to traverse. DG has one of the foremost Chopin interpreters of all time. We anxiously await Pollini's new releases only to be charged $11.99 for 24 minutes of new recordings and 53 minutes total! Not right!

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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