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Polonaises (Pollini) [Sacd/CD Hybrid] Hybrid SACD


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  • Audio CD (3 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000084H90
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,764 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. SIMPSON on 26 Jan 2005
These have always been very good performances, with the "real" Pollini showing up to the original recording sessions, i.e. he of the great Chopin First on EMI in the early sixties rather than he of the brittle, cool Beethoven of the 80's. This is magisterial playing, lacking nothing in either virtuosity or fantasy or dancelike rhythm and drama: Pollini at his very best, and that is very, very good. Has the great Polonaise Fantasie ever been better played (on record at least??)
What kept this set from being a first recommendation on CD was always the brittle, bright, clattery piano sound he was given. It's gone!!! The surround remastering here is a revelation. Who would have known that the original recordings contained (and the redbook cd hid) such glories ???!!
The recording was made in the Vienna Musikverein, a venue I've experienced only once, - but what an experience that was! Here the ambience in the rear channels appears to be real, 20-rows-back ambience rather than a construct of computerised remastering.
And the piano is a real, warm instrument, totally unlike most of DG's spotlit, multi-miked recitals of the 70's. It has not only a depth but a height and huge range to it, from rolling bass to soft brushes of sound. This is as amazing an act of loving and dazzling recreation from the engineers as Pollini's performance is.
Stereo-only listeners be warned however - the stereo SACD layer is only slightly better than my redbook "DG Originals" copy. The superb, revelatory sonics I've just raved about are a characteristic of the surround sound layer only (serves you all right for being such stick in the muds). If you ever wanted to hear a single instrument make a compelling argument for multi-channel sound, this is it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Leach VINE VOICE on 23 Jan 2005
Yes, as other reviewers have said elsewhere, you really need a multi-channel setup to get the most from this SACD.
I used to have this album in its DG Originals incarnation (still available of course), and at the time felt the recording rather clattery - to such an extent that it rendered the interpretations a blank in retrospect.
Here I did an experiment - I listened to the famous Polonaise op.44 first in CD stereo, which sounded better than I recall it did on the Originals CD, with more body and little harshness in the upper register. The stereo SACD layer was a little better, but nothing revelatory - but in multi-channel: I can only say 'WOW!', simple as that. The sound opens up dramatically with the hall's ambience (the Musikverein in Vienna) brought into play to wonderful effect. The improvement is pretty staggering - nearly in the same class as Yundi Li's DG Chopin CD, which of course was recorded last year, not in 1975 like Pollini's disc. The use of the rear channels here is very clever - DG's engineers have captured the full acoustic qualities of this great hall extremely well.
Performance-wise these recordings are excellent. I've never been a devout Pollini-phile, although some of his recordings are my favourites for certain works, like Schubert's D959 Sonata and Brahms' 2nd Piano Concerto (the earlier recording made about the same time as this SACD). Here he is in imperious form, before the element of coolness afflicted his playing in the 1980s - although I have a couple of his most recent CDs, e.g. of the Chopin Ballades where hs also plays in a freer and almost fiery style, as here.
Most enjoyable perhaps is his large-scale view of the great Polonaise-Fantaisie which comes over superbly here. I know this work very well, and while Richter's Praga recording is probably my favourite, this is also outstanding.
If you've got a multi-channel setup, do not hesitate - otherwise you can stick with the redbook CD in my view. 4.5/5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abert on 6 Nov 2013
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I purchased this SACD/CD hybrid version of Pollini's 'Polonaises' recorded in the 1976.
I have been listening to the re-mastered 24bit version for many years, not having the good fortune to catch up with the initial vinyl LP when it was first released.
On the strength of the reviews here, I intended to obtain a multi-channel player to play this, but even before I did that, this SACD already sounds 'great' on my usual vacuum-tube amplified player!
If there is any pianist whose 'recordings' fall far short of his/her live performances, it must be Maurizio Pollini.
With this SACD, it is at least faintly capable of recalling the ambience of the recording venue. The pianoforte's sound is deep, flexible, multi-hued.
I have also listened to Rafal Blechacz's splendid sounding new release of this exactly the same Polonaise programme, again released by DG.
The piano sound is extremely good in Blechacz's recording, having had the benefit of 21st century digital technology.
However, for a real comparison to take place between DG's two releases with a gap of almost 30 years, you would have to obtain this SACD version of Pollini's.
I cannot recommend more this SACD version, and would only say that 'catch this while you can'.
Pollini is getting very old by now, and not being 'fairly' dealt with by new upstart 'quasi-professional players' in reviews, which is a great shame.
His 'faithfulness' to DG is one of the greatest errors made in his illustrious pianistic career, for sure.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Pollini - superb in multi-channel 23 Jan 2005
By Alexander Leach - Published on Amazon.com
Yes, as other reviewers have said elsewhere, you really need a multi-channel setup to get the most from this SACD.

I used to have this album in its DG Originals incarnation (still available of course), and at the time felt the recording rather clattery - to such an extent that it rendered the interpretations a blank in retrospect.

Here I did an experiment - I listened to the famous Polonaise op.44 first in CD stereo, which sounded better than I recall it did on the Originals CD, with more body and little harshness in the upper register. The stereo SACD layer was a little better, but nothing revelatory - but in multi-channel: I can only say 'WOW!', simple as that. The sound opens up dramatically with the hall's ambience (the Musikverein in Vienna) brought into play to wonderful effect. The improvement is pretty staggering - nearly in the same class as Yundi Li's DG Chopin CD, which of course was recorded last year, not in 1975 like Pollini's disc. The use of the rear channels here is very clever - DG's engineers have captured the full acoustic qualities of this great hall extremely well.

Performance-wise these recordings are excellent. I've never been a devout Pollini-phile, although some of his recordings are my favourites for certain works, like Schubert's D959 Sonata and Brahms' 2nd Piano Concerto (the earlier recording made about the same time as this SACD). Here he is in imperious form, before the element of coolness afflicted his playing in the 1980s - although I have a couple of his most recent CDs, e.g. of the Chopin Ballades where hs also plays in a freer and almost fiery style, as here.

Most enjoyable perhaps is his large-scale view of the great Polonaise-Fantaisie which comes over superbly here. I know this work very well, and while Richter's Praga recording is probably my favourite, this is also outstanding.

If you've got a multi-channel setup, do not hesitate - otherwise you can stick with the redbook CD in my view. 4.5/5
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
pleasing 4 Aug 2005
By A. Souto - Published on Amazon.com
This is the sort of SACD enregistrement you should hear to know the capabilities of this format. It suites trully great on the piano, and this is probably one of the best sacd's by Deutsche Grammophon. It's up to you to find another one who can be seen as a great one. Trully inspiring and poetic.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The 'one' album of Pollini to own - grab it while you can. 6 Nov 2013
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this SACD/CD hybrid version of Pollini's 'Polonaises' recorded in the 1976.
I have been listening to the re-mastered 24bit version for many years, not having the good fortune to catch up with the initial vinyl LP when it was first released.
On the strength of the reviews here, I intended to obtain a multi-channel player to play this, but even before I did that, this SACD already sounds 'great' on my usual vacuum-tube amplified player!
If there is any pianist whose 'recordings' fall far short of his/her live performances, it must be Maurizio Pollini.
With this SACD, it is at least faintly capable of recalling the ambience of the recording venue. The pianoforte's sound is deep, flexible, multi-hued. Pollini’s pianistic finesse that could not be heard in the shallow, tinny digital sound of the last century’s CD re-mastering outputs is present in this SACD, at last.
I have also listened to Rafal Blechacz's splendid sounding new
release of this same Polonaise programme, again released by DG. The piano sound is extremely good in Blechacz's recording, having had the benefit of 21st century digital technology.
However, for a real comparison to take place between DG's two releases with a gap of almost 30 years, you would have to obtain this SACD version of Pollini's.
I cannot recommend more this SACD version, and would only say that 'catch this while you can'.
Pollini is getting very old fast, and not being 'fairly' dealt with by new upstart 'quasi-professional players' in reviews, which is a great shame. Certainly, his 'faithfulness' to DG as DG’s exclusive recording artist is one of the greatest errors made in his illustrious pianistic career, with hind sight.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Pollini has never sounded so good! 14 Jan 2007
By Jeffrey G. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Besides being an amateur pianist and music critic, I am also a video game buff, and I recently bought a Playstation 3. Besides everything else it had to offer, it is also able to play SACDs, so I thought I would give it a crack. I haven't been able to upgrade my visual or audio equipment; all I have are my Altec Lansing PC speakers, which are good for what they are but have no optical input.

Maurizio Pollini is one of the pianists who has suffered the most from the ever-tinny DG sound. It was not so bad in the LP era, but DG's yellow-label transfers to CD have been consistently appalling, and for a long time their DDD-DDD transfers were barely any better. If you were born after 1980 and wanted to hear this Italian virtuoso strut his stuff, you had to either catch one of his rare live performances or endure some of the worst transfers ever slapped on a disc. The only one I could ever tolerate was the Chopin Etudes (which still blows me away), and most of the others were so metallic and cramped-feeling that I couldn't stand to listen to them all the way through.

The SACD transfer still doesn't sound ideal with my equipment, but the difference is significant. New dynamic contrasts appear; clarity improves greatly; there is a big clean-up in the formerly explosive noise from certain loud attacks; key releases and silences are much crisper and more distinct. There is still definitely an edge to Pollini's readings, but it is reduced to the point that it seems like a natural side-effect to Pollini's concentration and temperamental ferocity rather than the result of musical insensitivity.

If I had only heard the standard CD release, I would not have gotten as much out of these performances, simple as that.
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