Shop now Shop now Shop now See more Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop now Shop now Shop now

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Format: Audio CD|Change
Price:£13.13+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 5 June 2001
If the Beethoven Diabelli variations have not yet interested you, and if you had thought they were boring variations on a banal theme, please listen to Pollini's interpretation and judge again. By the end of the performance, you will feel as if a rare jewel has shone its amazing light onto you. Pollini succeeds more than others in illuminating the areas of infinite genuis that the composer has put into these variations.
0Comment| 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 29 July 2009
This isn't the worst Diabelli Variations I've ever heard (it's better than the atrocious Barenboim Erato recording), nor is it even especially bad. However if you place it side by side with the Brendel, for example, it seriously lacks in some places. Pollini approaches the music in an almost mechanical way, giving us nothing more (and nothing less) than the notes on the page. Maybe some people like this kind of objective approach, but in this case it falls flat because it fails to convey the sly humour in many of the variations.

Having said that, Pollini polished virtuosity gives him the edge over Brendel in the faster variations (and his account of Vars 31-33 is definitely a keeper) but he is painfully unexpressive in the earlier slow variations.

Fortunately, the ability to create our own playlists means we can create our own 'ideal' Diabelli Variations from all the recordings out there. If you're one of the people who do this, I can suggest this disc for Vars 31-33, 27-28 and 9.
0Comment| 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 7 January 2001
Pollini is recognised as one of the foremost classical pianists of our day. His renowned clarity of touch and artistic interpretation are well exemplified in the excellent new recording by DGG. The Diabelli variations are acknowledged to be a challenging task for even the best pianists, and Pollini rises superbly to the occasion. The contrast between the variations is nicely maintained, without the harshness in the quiet passages that marred some of his earlier performances. Spot-on recording quality makes this a worthy addition to the Beethoven enthusiast's library.
0Comment| 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 7 November 2009
The superb pianistic skill of Maurizio Pollini needs no further comment from me.
I can thoroughly recommend this CD to anyone considering adding it to their collection. A real gem!
G, Clay
0Comment| 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 17 October 2015
A big disappointment. This is a performance of the Diabelli Variations which gets the notes but, for me, has no soul. The Diabelli Variations can be a very emotionally powerful work. Here it came across as dispassionate. The emotional heart was missing. Sometimes, I felt that even the phrasing was muddled, making it difficult to discern the structure of some passages.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 10 March 2008
Clarity of tones. And that's all there is ever since the pianist has won the Chopin Comptittion and caused a sensation by his Chopin Etudes recording which sounds as if played by player-piano. Nothing much has improved artistically. I've read an article about Pollini being boo-ed on stage when he played Beethoven sonatas. When I listened this inspirationless, robotic account of Diabelli, I understood why. Sokolov's monstrously self-concious account is still better than this. If you are after the ultimate Diabelli, it must be Richter's Praga & M&A versions. Both sadly out of print, due to stupid copy-right disputes by a distant relative of Richter. Biggest crime in recording music industry!
22 comments| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 31 July 2014
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Customers also viewed these items

Need customer service? Click here

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)