Both sets of Chopin's etudes can be as fiendishly difficult for the performer as they are mesmerizing for the listener, yet Maurizio Pollini makes them sound as if they pose no problems whatsoever for him in this 1972 recording. Every one of the etudes is played with easy precision, energy, and an entirely enjoyable musicality that demonstrates why Chopin's etudes are no mere exercises and are as suited to the recital hall as to the practice room. The Op. 25 No. 5 Etude in E minor has some tricky finger acrobatics in it, but Pollini brings out a singing melody all the same in the middle section, while adding a bit of dancing animation to the outer sections…
"Refined accounts by Pollini that vividly illuminate Chopin's genius." ― Gramophone
Not surprisingly, the veteran virtuoso dives far beneath surface pleasures in this recital of popular Chopin. Pollini claws deep inside each note: haltingly tender in the mazurkas, subtlest of dance partners for the waltzes, limpid and furious in the second Ballade, piercingly sober in the funeral march.
¤ Ever since winning first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1960 Maurizio Pollini has been considered as one of the world’s finest Chopin interpreters
¤ Along with Chopin’s two piano concertos, Pollini has recorded many other Chopin's compositions exclusively for DG. These include: Complete Etudes and Préludes, Scherzi, Polonaises, Sonatas No. 1 & 2. The most recent Chopin disc, released in 1999, included the four ballads, the Fantasia op. 49 and the Prélude in C sharp minor op. 45
¤ At present Pollini has recorded all Nocturnes by Frédéric Chopin which were published during the composer's lifetime. The Nocturnes demonstrate a great diversity and difficulty of Chopin’s art, and this recording highlights many a refinement of Pollini’s playing.
¤ Pollini described his ability to play Chopin with more freedom than before with the following: “After I won the First Prize of the Chopin Composition in Warsaw, Chopin became an important part of my life.” This recording inextricably marks a milestone in the history of Chopin’s Nocturnes.
Chopin's two piano concertos have long been admired more as pianistic vehicles than as integrated works for piano and orchestra. But in his revelatory new recording, Krystian Zimerman suggests otherwise: The opening orchestral tuttis have so much more light, shade, orchestral color, and detail, you wonder if they've been rewritten. Every gesture, every instrumental solo is so specifically characterized that by the time the piano makes a dramatic entrance, the pieces have become operas without words.
This 9-disc set pulls together Chopin recordings made between 1972 and 2008 by Maurizio Pollini. Works included are the etudes, the two familiar sonatas, the ballades, the scherzi, the preludes, the polonaises, and the nocturnes. Please note that this is far from a complete set of Chopin's piano works - missing are the concertos, most of the waltzes, most of the mazurkas, and most of the impromptus.
Maurizo Pollini, the great concert pianist from Milan, is shown in fine form throughout this 13 CD box set "edition" of his previously released recordings on the Deutsche Gramophone label ( celebrating his 30th year with DG ). The performances were selected by the artist himself and so retain a merit absent in some other types of repackaging "schemes".
Since she won the seventh International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in 1965 at the age of 24, this Argentine concert pianist has mostly avoided the limelight; she remains, however, one of the greatest interpreters of classical music.