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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: Frédéric Chopin
  • Audio CD (14 Nov. 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000B8ISNM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.1 in B flat minor, Op.9 No.1 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.2 in E flat, Op.9 No.2 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.3 in B, Op.9 No.3 5:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.4 in F, Op.15 No.1 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.5 in F sharp, Op.15 No.2 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.6 in G minor, Op.15 No.3 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.7 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.1 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.8 in D flat, Op.27 No.2 4:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.9 in B, Op.32 No.1 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.10 in A flat, Op.32 No.2 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.11 in G minor, Op.37 No.1 5:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.12 in G, Op.37 No.2 5:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.13 in C minor, Op.48 No.1 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.14 in F sharp minor, Op.48 No.2 6:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.15 in F minor, Op.55 No.1 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.16 in E flat, Op.55 No.2 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.17 in B, Op.62 No.1 5:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.18 in E, Op.62 No.2 5:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.19 in E minor, Op.72 No.1 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

DGG 4775718; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica da camera Piano

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DM on 17 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you never buy another piano recording, buy this and your life will change. I listen to a lot of piano music, a lot. I can point to what for me are some perfect performances - the greatest pianists fortunate to have been captured with crystal clear recordings. I think of Gilels playing Beethoven's Waldstein sonata, Horowitz playing Schumann's Kreisleriana in the New York Recordings and Berman playing Liszt's Années de pèlerinage. I think of Argerich playing Schumann second piano sonata, of Ovchinnikov playing Rachmaninov's Etudes-tableaux and more recently Osborne playing the Preludes and Alexeev the Morceaux de fantaisie, not to mention Ashkenazy playing the Rachmaninov sonatas or the Prokofiev piano concertos. I think of Lane playing the Scriabin Preludes and all Rogé's recordings of Debussy. But I really do not think anyone has done what Pollini (and Deutsche Grammophon) have produced here. This is the full ticket. This is one of the greatest pianists ever being able to reveal effortlessly the full beauty of these works and be captured so well that you practically feel you are in the same room, a room surely situated halfway to heaven. The few reviewers who mention as a detraction that the breathes of a super-human can be heard within the recording are so far from the point that they are not worth wasting one's own much humbler breath on. How could any serious appreciater of music hear these recordings and focus on that. Enjoy these recordings. They are the best of the best!!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Tutton on 10 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I wouldn't normally write a review of such an eminent recording, but to come on here and read two sub-five star reviews which complain about Pollini's breathing, I felt a moral duty to restore balance to the force.

This recording of the nocturnes does have audible breathing. It's not bad, it's there if you choose to focus on it, but it's not distracting.

The performances here are not just aristocratic, they are the very highest echelon of piano playing. They go to the nth degree of control, good taste, and depth.

They stand beside the early, early Rubinstein recordings on EMI. Jeez, I think they're much better, I say "beside" to appease the seemingly rowdy crowd.

Many people find Pollini's playing mean and diffident at first, and then in time they often find his recordings to be the greatest thing that ever occurred when a person, a piano, and a microphone were put in the same room.

Time is on his side.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tom Evans on 8 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is an extraordinary recording, profound and emotional without being sentimental.

Different performers touch different listeners: for me, this makes familiar music sound new-minted and sometimes disturbing. It demands repeated listening, and each listening brings new pleasures.

Having listened to it on a range of different systems, from iPhone to full hifi, I'm mystified by the complaints of breathing and hissing. The sound has excellent presence, but listen to the music, and be transported....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe on 10 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Pollini was late getting to the Nocturnes -- most of the Chopin for which he is famous was recorded in the 1960's and 1970's. This is from 2005, and it was worth the wait. Recorded in the Herkulessaal in Munich, it has a beautiful sound quality -- as Santa Fe Listener says (on American Amazon.com), perhaps as good piano sound as Pollini ever had from DGG. I've been listening to some of the pieces in direct comparison to performances by Arrau and Ashkenazy, and it has been marvelous to do so, because these other pianists are compelling too: you find yourself buying into their pacing and shaping of the music and just enjoying it, because they so confidently project what they see as the expressive hearts of the pieces. I'm delighted to have all three versions (and wish I had Rubinstein's, which I hear is very fine too). If I had to characterize Pollini's particular sound world, I would use words like lucid and airy. The left hand is not overdone, and he doesn't over-pedal, so everything is clear. At the same time, the right hand part is beautifully voiced, and the high notes are sweet, without a trace of glassiness from the recording. Arrau by contrast gives us a bit more bass weight and tends to be a tad slower, and Ashkenazy is sort of in-between, depending on the particular Nocturne. Interestingly, all of them see a touch of drama in the Nocturnes, tendencies to eruptive assertion that are quickly reined in and beauty is reasserted. Pollini's dynamic control is a particular pleasure too -- he never rattles the rafters, and yet within the restricted compass appropriate to the genre he finds all the light and shade he can. Great stuff!

NOTE: I had no hissing noises on my copies.
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