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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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  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (12 Mar. 2013)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Uni/Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00004XQJX
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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DGG 459645 2; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica da camera Piano

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Maurizio Pollini likes to live with a work before he commits it to CD, and he's been refining his approach to these astonishing variations for 25 years. Though as he himself stresses, they are not so much variations as transformations--of a theme which stays relentlessly in the banal key of C major. Until now, Alfred Brendel's has been the ideal version, but here he's been trumped: Pollini brings Beethoven's vast landscape into high and exciting relief in an unprecedented fashion. The opening few pieces seem quite unassuming, but by the time he reaches the visionary stasis at the work's pivotal point he's got the listener in the palm of his hand. Thereafter it's all magic: massive mountains emerge and furious storms erupt on their slopes; the moments of delicate lyricism and broad comedy are played out with a touch which is marvellously varied, but always imbued with nobility and grandeur. Addictive. --Michael Church

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
If the Beethoven Diabelli variations have not yet interested you, and if you had thought they were boring variations on a banal theme, please listen to Pollini's interpretation and judge again. By the end of the performance, you will feel as if a rare jewel has shone its amazing light onto you. Pollini succeeds more than others in illuminating the areas of infinite genuis that the composer has put into these variations.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pendog on 7 Jan. 2001
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Pollini is recognised as one of the foremost classical pianists of our day. His renowned clarity of touch and artistic interpretation are well exemplified in the excellent new recording by DGG. The Diabelli variations are acknowledged to be a challenging task for even the best pianists, and Pollini rises superbly to the occasion. The contrast between the variations is nicely maintained, without the harshness in the quiet passages that marred some of his earlier performances. Spot-on recording quality makes this a worthy addition to the Beethoven enthusiast's library.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Clay on 7 Nov. 2009
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The superb pianistic skill of Maurizio Pollini needs no further comment from me.
I can thoroughly recommend this CD to anyone considering adding it to their collection. A real gem!
G, Clay
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