Chopin: Polonaises
 
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Chopin: Polonaises

7 Sep 1998 | Format: MP3

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8:27
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8:36
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5:26
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8:01
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10:55
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7:06
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13:08


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 5 Jan 1998
  • Release Date: 5 Jan 1998
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1998 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:01:39
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  • ASIN: B004J7ZOUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,998 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Abert on 12 Nov 2010
Format: Audio CD
The performances of the pieces in this album are one of the greatest ever one can get.
In terms of Chopin interpretation, Pollini is about the most anti-salon and anti-sentimental interpretor: his are 'guns buried in flowers', as Schumann once famously described Chopin's compositions.
Sentimentality isn't necessarily a bad thing if the sentiments are rightly echoed. The result of the high-strung approach yields as much to sentimentality as to intelligent musicality, surprisingly in this recording.
The most unfortunate news about this set is that the bit-image processing technique is inadequate to remake the depth and breadth of the sound in the Vienna Musikeverin as captured on vinyl when this album was first issued.
There is another version on SACD that presumably does better in terms of accoustics, and one would only wish that DG would re-issue the SACD version of this wonderful classic performance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Dec 2012
Format: Audio CD
This set of polonaises took the record buying public by storm when it was first issued in 1976. Pollini was already known for his Chopin recordings and for his great technical command. A popular way of describing his general approach was through words such as aristocratic. All of these features are clearly to be heard on this disc of the most patriotic compositions penned by Chopin.

The important thing to bear in mind with this music is that, unlike much of the rest of Chopin's output, none of these pieces is connected to actual dance despite their title. The title is more of an expression of Polish nationalism rather than of dance music. This also means that they are conceived on a much greater scale than other works so these pieces are more suitable to the public concert hall rather than the private salon.

Pollini plays them for all they are worth as an expression of Polish patriotic pride. They contain more loud music than normal and the rhythms are more relentless especially when listened to right through without a break. Of course they were never intended to be heard in that extended way.

The recording on this disc is very forwardly balanced so the listener feels much closer to the source of the sound. The timbre of the piano is therefore more strident than it would be with a more distantly positioned sound balance. This clearly tells the truth as a recording, but only as if you were in the front row of the audience. In my view this disc is best heard in sections rather than as one continuous listening session when Pollini's brilliance coupled with the close recorded balance may prove to a little wearing eventually.

Nevertheless this remains one of the finest, if not the finest, of the polonaise sets on the current market.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Onegin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan 2012
Format: Audio CD
To my shame it is only recently that I got around to acquiring this disc having been aware of it for a long time and what a revelation it turned out to be! We all know that Pollini has an exceptional technique but the power of this disc comes from how that equipment is deployed on these familiar pieces. It is as if Pollini set out to capture not simply the dancelike and nationalistic qualities of the music, but more importantly the struggles and pain behind the aspirations of the Polish nation. No ethereal or misty romanticism is on show here rather we are given piano playing of drama, passion and huge authority with each of the seven pieces shown to be part of a whole as opposed to individual showpieces. With infinite subtle shadings of light and dark, dramatic contrasts of tempi and the abilty to switch from drama to the meditative in a thrice these accounts are both thrilling and convincing. The recording is superb: full, rich and tremendously alive in the best traditions of 1970's DG analogue recordings. All collectors will have their favourites in this repetoire and Arthur Rubinstein is an essential reference point, but this recording is truly exceptional and deserves a place in every collection of Chopin or great piano playing. Quite simply it makes you listen afresh to the Polish master.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Deirdre Sharpley on 7 Feb 2013
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Its good but one of the polanaises is played a bit too fast for my taste. The rest is lovely.
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By Dick W. Ta Cou on 27 Aug 2014
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