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Chopin: Etudes Op 10 & Op 25 [CD]

Maurizio Pollini, Piotr Anderszewski, Yundi Audio CD
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  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini
  • Composer: Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
  • Audio CD (20 Feb 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G5H
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.1 In C 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.2 In A Minor "Chromatique" 1:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.3 In E "Tristesse" 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.4 In C Sharp Minor 2:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.5 In G Flat "Black Keys" 1:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.6 In E Flat Minor 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.7 In C 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.8 In F 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.9 In F Minor 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.10 In A Flat 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.11 In E Flat 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.12 In C Minor "Revolutionary" 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No.1 In A Flat "Harp Study" 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No.2 In F Minor 1:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No.3 In F 1:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No.4 In A Minor 1:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No.5 In E Minor 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No.6 In G Sharp Minor 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No.7 In C Sharp Minor 4:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No.8 In D Flat 1:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No.9 In G Flat "Butterfly Wings"0:56£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No.10 In B Minor 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No.11 In A Minor "Winter Wind" 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No.12 In C Minor 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

You cannot get much further from the conventional image of Chopin as a purveyor of attractive salon trifles than Pollini's various recordings of the Polish composer's works; Pollini was already making his name as an interpreter of twentieth-century music at its most radical, with his classic performances of Schoenberg and Boulez, and he brought to Chopin a tigerish approach that shakes up listener certainty. The Etudes were always one of Chopin's more startling productions, pieces which instruct and challenge the pianist with the technical problems they pose, but which also test innate musicality; each of them is in its different way a short passionate statement which has to be made to please the ear. Pollini brings a steely intensity to the more dramatic studies--the Revolutionary Etude, Op.10 No. 12, for example, or Op. 25 No. 10--and in the more lyrical ones is plangent without being tearstained. Even those listeners who like their Chopin more delicate and charming will find Pollini's approach a refreshing alternative, and those who tend to dismiss Chopin altogether will perhaps be persuaded entirely to reconsider. --Roz Kaveney

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I really can't understand how anyone can give this recording less than 5 stars. Not only is Pollini's playing technically impeccable, but to say it lacks anything in passion or emotional impact is outright absurd: to listen to Pollini's performance of Op. 10, No. 12 and not feel the fire and urgency in his playing is to be incapable of feeling anything, period.

There are any number of performers who sacrifice all depth of feeling on the altar of showy virtuosity, but Maurizio Pollini on this particular recording is certainly not one of them. His handling of the Etudes makes, to my mind, for a healthy contrast with Martha Argerich's celebrated (but emotionally unsatisfying) rendering of Chopin's Preludes; Pollini and Argerich are both virtuosos, but where Argerich gallops through the preludes as if on a race to get somewhere else, squeezing all the feeling out of them in the process, Pollini does not let a desire to dazzle us with his abilities interfere with an interpretation of Chopin's compositions as the artist would have intended. In short, here is a recording which is about as far from "machine-like" as it is possible to get, and which proves that no choice need be made between getting things technically and emotionally correct.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of our time. 6 Dec 2002
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If any recording of Chopin can sit, unchallenged, in that marketing mans invention The Greatest Recordings of the Century, then this can. Don't be put off by those that quibble about Pollini playing the music 'straight'. There's nothing wrong with that and I, like many others, actually prefer him played that way.That is not to say that there is not plenty of excitement and interest in these readings. Go out and get the Polonaises and the 1st Piano Concerto as well! You will not be disappointed by playing of one of the great pianists of our time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most famous Chopin LP ever made! 1 Sep 2013
By david
Format:Audio CD
Not least because it announced a career...and what a star in the illustrious firmament we can classify with the older generation of Weissenberg, Richter, Horowitz you name it. Technically, if not always emotionally or interpretively, Pollini is their equal. Only Argerich can stand in his company today. Is it surprising they were both pupils of the legendary Michelangeli? Not surprising they both share the master's white hot temperament yet icy cold detachment.

When this recording came out in the 1970s it caused a sensation among critics and queues at the record shops. It has since remained a reliable benchmark to judge all other performances.

Did Pollini realise the potential he showed then? There are critics. But his concerts are sold out many times over. And in the recording studio he offers a very grand view of the piano literature, not for him the settling on this or that single recital like a butterfly stretching its wings in a showy display of virtuosity to woo the celebrity image conscious record buying public of today. Instead Pollini has continued to offer pianism and concentrated interpretations that have been an education and a pleasure to purchase and listen and re-listen to. As we go forward into the 21st century he stands ahead of all other pianists currently active in the concert hall in terms of technique and depth.

Having spoken so highly of the "contributing artist", as Windows Media calls him, what do you get on this disc?

If you like your steaks rare, with the blood seeping out of the meat, and served with an excellent sauce poivre, possibly in a first rate restaurant such as the Au Boeuf Couronne, Jean Jaures, Paris or similar, then this playing will be completely to your liking.

It is red blooded Chopin playing that will raise the hair on the back of your neck, tingle your spine, and generally leave you gasping.

NOT to have or buy this disc is unforgiveable!
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