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5.0 out of 5 stars The most famous Chopin LP ever made!, 1 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Chopin: Etudes Op 10 & Op 25 (Audio CD)
Not least because it announced a career...and what a star in the illustrious firmament we can classify with the older generation of Weissenberg, Richter, Horowitz you name it. Technically, if not always emotionally or interpretively, Pollini is their equal. Only Argerich can stand in his company today. Is it surprising they were both pupils of the legendary Michelangeli? Not surprising they both share the master's white hot temperament yet icy cold detachment.

When this recording came out in the 1970s it caused a sensation among critics and queues at the record shops. It has since remained a reliable benchmark to judge all other performances.

Did Pollini realise the potential he showed then? There are critics. But his concerts are sold out many times over. And in the recording studio he offers a very grand view of the piano literature, not for him the settling on this or that single recital like a butterfly stretching its wings in a showy display of virtuosity to woo the celebrity image conscious record buying public of today. Instead Pollini has continued to offer pianism and concentrated interpretations that have been an education and a pleasure to purchase and listen and re-listen to. As we go forward into the 21st century he stands ahead of all other pianists currently active in the concert hall in terms of technique and depth.

Having spoken so highly of the "contributing artist", as Windows Media calls him, what do you get on this disc?

If you like your steaks rare, with the blood seeping out of the meat, and served with an excellent sauce poivre, possibly in a first rate restaurant such as the Au Boeuf Couronne, Jean Jaures, Paris or similar, then this playing will be completely to your liking.

It is red blooded Chopin playing that will raise the hair on the back of your neck, tingle your spine, and generally leave you gasping.

NOT to have or buy this disc is unforgiveable!
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Initial post: 3 Sep 2015, 10:11:36 BST
Marquis says:
Etudes Opp.10 & 25

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2015, 10:28:07 BST
Last edited by the author on 3 Sep 2015, 10:33:43 BST
david says:
Thanks, must add to the collection.
There are so many excellent recordings. Cheers
PS by the way I had a meal at Au Boeuf Couronne - just a few days ago, and the meat was fantastic and good value. Don't bother with the pomme tartlette however.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2015, 13:57:24 BST
Marquis says:
You are welcome.

I googled "Au Boeuf Couronne"
Now I am hungry, please send
me the Chateaubriand des bidochards :-)

aah , to lay in the grass in South of France
With a glass of Armanac and some Cortot
vinyls in the background.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2015, 15:29:27 BST
david says:
I am just coming back from Marseilles last few days heatwave in S France. Superb city - lots to do, great music as well, one day will live here at least for a few months. - that will be the time to listen to all the French pianists. All best David
PS and rents are great value, 1 bed flats from 500 € A MONTH INC WI FI. Wow!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2015, 09:40:06 BST
Marquis says:
Sounds great, I never been there.
Good price indeed.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2015, 15:54:24 BST
david says:
You probably know this, but try the Ronald Smith recording on APR both sets plus two posthumous etudes. Great disc in great sound. Is the Perlmuter on Nimbus worth getting?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2015, 21:31:16 BST
Last edited by the author on 5 Sep 2015, 21:33:41 BST
Marquis says:
Thank you, I did not know that, I will check it out. Perlmuter is unknown to me, I will search for soundclips.

I am waiting for a disc by Leif Ove Andsnes, I liked the
sound Clips of the disc. Chopin

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2015, 22:07:15 BST
david says:
Yes I found the Lugansky Preludes searing and excellent sound, but in end kept the Pogorelich CD. The Anie as is very mild account of the Etudes a bit like John Browning who I really found disappointing. I wouldn't bother with either of those. The Ashkenazy is I think two versions - an earlier one for Meloyida and a later version on Decca when he came to the West. Neither really grabbed me. The best account of the Opus 25 set is by Chiu on Harmonia Mundi. There are voices in there you just don't get on other recordings and the way he grapples with the final studies, even if lacking the sheer technical command of say Pollini, is really raw and intense. I can't praise it enough - even though the two sets are on 2 different CDs and somewhat pricey...the French there you go. The Ronald Smith I couldn't be without.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2015, 00:34:17 BST
Last edited by the author on 6 Sep 2015, 00:36:32 BST
Marquis says:
I have not heard Chiu or Browning either. I have a
cd by Pogorelich which is great, did not know he recorded
the etudes as well. Thanks for the tip.
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