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5.0 out of 5 stars
Among the greatest piano recordings of all time, 17 July 2012
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!!!