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

Maurizio Pollini Audio CD
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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
  • Audio CD (5 Feb 2001)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000058USV
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro maestosoMaurizio Pollini/Philharmonia Orchestra/Paul Kletzki19:05Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Romanze (Larghetto)Maurizio Pollini/Philharmonia Orchestra/Paul Kletzki10:17Album Only
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo (Vivace)Maurizio Pollini/Philharmonia Orchestra/Paul Kletzki 9:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Nocturne No.4 in F, Op.15 No.1 (2001 Digital Remaster)Maurizio Pollini 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Nocturne No.5 in F sharp, Op.15 No.2 (2001 Digital Remaster)Maurizio Pollini 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1 (2001 Digital Remaster)Maurizio Pollini 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Nocturne in D flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2 (2001 Digital Remaster)Maurizio Pollini 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 (2001 Digital Remaster)Maurizio Pollini 9:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Polonaise No. 6 in A flat 'Heroic' Op. 53 (2001 Digital Remaster)Maurizio Pollini 6:57£0.99  Buy MP3 

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really doesn't get any better. 17 May 2005
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Here, Pollini - at a tender age of 18 - produced something that is wonderfully powerful, technically flawless and never hints at being gushy or going over the top. The phrasing is just sensational.
Perhaps it's best to read the opinion of others - one Gramophone reviewer proclaims that he doesn't expect to hear the concerto better played in his lifetime.
I really don't know what to say except that this is one of the best recordings of any piece of music I've ever heard. And I've heard a few. This is an utterly essential buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of a 6th star! 16 Jan 2012
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Why has it taken so long for me to find out this disc existed? Thank you David Mellor for the mention of it in your erudite review on Pollini at 70! I have long enjoyed Pollini's complete set of the Beethoven Piano concertos - reckoned to be one of the best ever - but his Chopin interpretations at the age of 18 (for me at least) enter a new dimension. The digitally remastered recordings are brilliant and Pollini's technique is totally assured and faultless. This is most definitely a 'MUST HAVE' compilation at a bargain price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This disc offers a compilation of the very famous recording of the first piano concerto from 1960 and a selection of other works recorded in 1968. The latter selection focusses in on four nocturnes followed by the first ballade and the sixth polonaise.

Pollini made the concerto recording just after winning the Chopin competition at just 18 years of age. The combination of technical perfection allied to a sensitive response to the music was, and remains, totally special. At no time does his technical capability become openly apparent as in the case of Horowitz for example and his approach to musical phrasing and expression is almost akin to differences in breathing so constantly subtle are the constant fluctuations. I this he is wonderfully supported by Kletzki's superb conducting which is also special but rarely remarked upon.

The solo works are also well chosen and concentrate on Pollini's clarity and warmth of line. Some of his later recordings came over as cool to the point of being clinical and the technical perfection and objectivity when matched with the showier pieces could seem cold emotionally. None of this applies to these pieces which make for a very satisfying encore to the concerto.

However, it is for the concerto that most will be interested in this disc. many will want to know if the latest remastering has improved on previous editions. The answer, in my opinion, is definitely a yes. There is added clarity, tonal warmth, depth of sound-stage and an overall increased sense of realism in the sound. No-one would begin to guess at the real age of the recordings, so well have they been remastered.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow 28 Sep 2010
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Just love this cd of Pollini in his youth. Heard him regularly live in the last few years . Wonderful.
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