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Beautiful performances, beautifully captured on film,
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This review is from: Maurizio Pollini - Piano Concertos [DVD]  (DVD)
Maurizio Pollini in these performances is both passionate and magisterial, and his technical proficiency is staggering. The camera does what it should do - takes you in closer and more lingeringly than you could ever experience in the concert hall. In the second movement of the Emperor and the transition to the third this intimacy is almost overwhelming. Bohm and Abbado are ideal partners, clearly in awe of their soloist and with a great orchestra at their command which can answer his every gesture with a corresponding beauty of tone and a vehement, driving energy. This is heroic music-making, on the grandest scale.