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Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1, 4 Nocturnes, Ballade No.1, Polonaise No.6

Maurizio Pollini , Frederic Chopin , Paul Kletzki , Philharmonia Orchestra Audio CD

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1. Piano Concerto No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 11: I. Allegro maestoso risoluto
2. Piano Concerto No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 11: II. Romance (Larghetto)
3. Piano Concerto No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 11: III. Rondo (Vivace)
4. Nocturne No. 4, Op. 15 No. 1: Nocturne No. 4, Op. 15 No. 1 In F Major
5. Nocturne No. 5, Op. 15 No. 2: Nocturne No. 5, Op. 15 No. 2, F Sharp Minor
6. Nocturne No. 7, Op. 27 No. 1: Nocturne No. 7, Op. 27 No. 1, C Sharp Minor
7. Nocturne No. 8, Op. 27 No. 2: Nocturne No. 8, Op. 27 No. 2, D Flat Major
8. Ballade No. 1, Op. 23: Ballade No. 1, Op. 23, G Minor
9. Polonaise No. 6, Op. 53: Polonaise No. 6, Op. 53, A Flat Major

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reference standard version of Piano Concerto No. 1 6 Aug 2009
By Dean, London - Published on Amazon.com
I feel that the previous reviewer was too harsh in awarding only 3 stars purely on the basis of how Pollini plays the Op. 53 Polonaise. I have listened to many versions of Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1 over the years, and remain convinced that this is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, available recording of this work. To my mind, it is an absolutely essential buy for anyone who loves Chopin. The limpid, crystalline beauty of Pollini's tone, particularly in the wonderful Larghetto, is exquisite in its perfection, and the orchestral accompaniment is warm, sensitive and full of tone colour. The 19 minute 1st movement can degenerate into self-indulgence in the hands of lesser pianists, but in Pollini's disciplined hands it is simply magnificent, carrying the listener along in its melodic sweep. If there is a better version of this concerto out there, I'd like to find it (I already have excellent recordings by Ohlsson, Vasary and Rubinstein but none is a match for this).

Pollini's performance of the Op. 15 and Op. 27 Nocturnes is also well-nigh perfect, and completely refutes any notion that his interpretations are cold and clinical. How anyone could say that about his performance of Op. 27 No.2, which surpasses that of Rubinstein (though perhaps not Arrau or Kissin), is a complete mystery to me. And to top it all, the disc also contains what must surely be one of the greatest ever recordings of the Ballade No. 1 in G Minor. Pollini's mid-1990s version of this work is also brilliant, but this one has the edge in my view, despite the slightly inferior sound quality
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concerto. 22 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
For this concert I name three recordings: Kissin/Kitaenko (what was I doing when I was 12?), Argerich/Abbado and Pollini/Kletzki. The concert is superb and he gets all the stars, nothing more needs to be said. Two stars are lost because of the other works. The nocturnes are pretty good and the ballad. But the polonais Op. 53 is lifeless. Funny as it is I often find Pollini (the yongest to win the Chopin competition) short of edge in his chamber Chopin. I don't quite know what it is but there is something missing here. So the rest isn't on the same level as the concert. But as a Pollini fan in gener I find this my favorite recording of the concert. (I would rate the disc three and a half but that's not possible)
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