Maurizio Pollini

Biography

Born: January 5, 1942; Italy  
Perhaps more of an advocate for contemporary music than any other major pianist essentially rooted in traditional repertory, Maurizio Pollini was born in Milan, Italy. He learned quickly and was given piano lessons from Carlo Lonati from an early age, making his public debut at the age of nine. Enrolling in the Milan Conservatory, he studied with Carlo Vidusso. In 1957 he performed a recital of Chopin etudes in Milan that drew favorable attention Read more from the national Italian press. He won a second prize in the Geneva Competition in 1958. Embarking on further studies with Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli, he won first prize in the Warsaw Chopin competition in 1960. At this point he began a highly successful and acclaimed international career as a piano virtuoso. He appeared in concert throughout Europe, performing concertos with top conductors, and also giving recitals. He found a particular affinity with his countryman, conductor Claudio Abbado; the two shared a similarly analytical approach in their interpretations. Many of Pollini's best concerto recordings and concert collaborations have been with Abbado. Pollini debuted in the United States at Carnegie Hall in New York on November 1, 1968. Since then his international and recording career has continued without pause.

He is a pianist with a clean, bright though weighty, and refined sound, with exceptional clarity. His repertoire is extraordinarily wide. He frequently performs Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and the Romantics such as Schubert and Schumann, but also the early modernists such as Prokofiev and Bartók. In the 1974 centenary celebrations of Arnold Schoenberg's birth he played programs encompassing that composer's complete piano music in several major musical centers, and he later recorded the entire body of work. His repertoire also extends into the avant-garde; in 1972 he gave the world premiere of Luigi Nono's Como una ola de fuerza y luz, (Milan, 1972) and recorded the work. He is also an enthusiastic performer of Boulez's Second Piano Sonata, regarded by some as the most difficult of all piano sonatas. He has recorded extensively, committing to disc works by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Chopin, Bach, Boulez, and many others.

Since the 1980s, Pollini has been widening his activities as a conductor. He frequently led concerts from the keyboard, and has conducted orchestra concerts from the podium as well as leading operas. In 1987 he received the Ehrenring prize of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. His piano career has the individualism achieved by only a few great artists, continuing to focus on contemporary music and including concert series of his own design at such prestigious venues as the Salzburg Festival (in 1995 and 1999) and Carnegie Hall (in the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons). Read less
Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas / Maurizio Pollini
Release Date: 02/24/2015   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002235002   Number of Discs: 8
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Biography

Born: January 5, 1942; Italy  
Perhaps more of an advocate for contemporary music than any other major pianist essentially rooted in traditional repertory, Maurizio Pollini was born in Milan, Italy. He learned quickly and was given piano lessons from Carlo Lonati from an early age, making his public debut at the age of nine. Enrolling in the Milan Conservatory, he studied with Carlo Vidusso. In 1957 he performed a recital of Chopin etudes in Milan that drew favorable attention Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Prestissimo
1. Allegro vivace
2. Largo appassionato
3. Scherzo (Allegretto)
4. Rondo (Grazioso)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Allegro assai
1. Allegro molto e con brio
2. Largo, con gran espressione
3. Allegro
4. Rondo (Poco allegretto e grazioso)
1. Allegro
2. Allegretto
3. Rondo (Allegro comodo)
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Scherzo (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio con molto espressione
3. Menuetto
4. Rondo (Allegretto)
1. Allegro molto e con brio
2. Adagio molto
3. Finale (Prestissimo)
1. Allegro
2. Allegretto
3. Presto
1. Presto
2. Largo e mesto
3. Menuetto (Allegro)
4. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
2. Adagio cantabile
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Andante con variazioni
2. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
3. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe
4. Allegro
1. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I
2. Allegro molto e vivace
3. Adagio con espressione
4. Allegro vivace - Tempo I - Presto
1. Adagio sostenuto
2. Allegretto
3. Presto agitato
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
4. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Allegro vivace
2. Adagio grazioso
3. Rondo (Allegretto)
1. Largo - Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto
1. Allegro
2. Scherzo (Allegretto vivace)
3. Menuetto (Moderato e grazioso)
4. Presto con fuoco
1. Andante
2. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Tempo di Menuetto
1. Allegro con brio
2. Introduzione (Adagio molto)
3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)
1. In Tempo d'un Menuetto
2. Allegretto
1. Allegro assai
2. Andante con moto
3. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
2. Allegro vivace
1. Presto alla tedesca
2. Andante
3. Vivace
1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro)
2. Abwesenheit (Andante espressivo)
3. Das Wiedersehen (Vivacissimamente)
1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
1. Allegro
2. Scherzo (Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I)
3. Adagio sostenuto
4. Largo - Allegro risoluto
1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)
2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)
3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)
4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro)
1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I
2. Prestissimo
3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)
1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
2. Allegro molto
3. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)
1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
1. Allegro vivace
2. Adagio grazioso
3. Rondo (Allegretto)
1. Largo - Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto
1. Allegro
2. Scherzo (Allegretto vivace)
3. Menuetto (Moderato e grazioso)
4. Presto con fuoco
1. Andante
2. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Tempo di Menuetto
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegro appassionato
3. Andante - Piů adagio
4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco piů presto
1. Allegro molto e con brio
2. Largo, con gran espressione
3. Allegro
4. Rondo (Poco allegretto e grazioso)
1. Allegro
2. Allegretto
3. Rondo (Allegro comodo)
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Scherzo (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio con molto espressione
3. Menuetto
4. Rondo (Allegretto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 In A, K.488 - 1. Allegro - Cadenza: Mozart
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 In A, K.488 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 In F, K.459 - 1. Allegro Vivace - Cadenza: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 In F, K.459 - 2. Allegretto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 In F, K.459 - 3. Allegro assai - Cadenza: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 2. Allegro appassionato
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 3. Andante - Piů adagio
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco piů presto
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 1. Allegro
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 2. Adagio un poco mosso
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - 1. Adagio
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - 2. Finale: a) Allegro - Meno allegro - Allegro molto - Adagio ma non troppo - Marcia, assai vivace
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - Adagio ma non troppo
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - Marcia, assai vivace - Allegro
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - Allegretto, ma non troppo (quasi Andante)
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - Presto
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 1. Maestoso - Poco piů moderato
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 2. Adagio
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 1. Allegro con brio - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat Major, Op.19 - 1. Allegro con brio - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat Major, Op.19 - 2. Adagio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat Major, Op.19 - 3. Rondo (Molto allegro)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37 - 1. Allegro con brio - Cadenza: Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 1. Allegro moderato - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 3. Rondo. Vivace - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 3. Allegro vivace assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 3. Rondeau (Allegretto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 1. (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 3. (Allegretto)
1. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen - Im Legenden-Ton
2. Mäßig. Durchaus energisch - Etwas langsamer - Vielbewegter
3. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten - Etwas bewegter
1. Introduzione (Un poco adagio - Allegro vivace - Piů lento)
2. Aria
3. Scherzo (Allegrissimo) ed Intermezzo
4. Finale (Allegro un poco maestoso - Piů allegro)
Theme
Etude I
Etude II
Etude III
Etude IV
Etude V
Variation I
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
Variation V
Etude VI
Etude VII
Etude VIII
Etude IX
Etude X
Etude XI
Etude XII (Finale)
1. Allegro affettuoso
2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
3. Allegro vivace
1. Lebhaft
2. Innig
3. Etwas hahnbüchen
4. Ungeduldig
5. Einfach
6. Sehr rasch und in sich hinein
7. Nicht schnell mit aeusserst starker Empfindung
8. Frisch
9. [Lebhaft]
10. Balladenmässig, sehr rasch
11. Einfach
12. Mit Humor
13. Wild und lustig
14. Zart und singend
15. Frisch
16. Mit gutem Humor
17. Wie aus der Ferne
18. Nicht schnell
1. Allegro brillante [Concert sans Orchestre, op.14
2. Quasi Variazioni. Andantino de Clara Wieck [Concert sans Orchestre, op.14
3. Prestissimo possibile [Concert sans Orchestre, op.14
1. Äusserst bewegt
2. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch - Intermezzo I (Sehr lebhaft) - Tempo I - Intermezzo II (Etwas bewegter) - Tempo I
3. Sehr aufgeregt
4. Sehr langsam
5. Sehr lebhaft
6. Sehr langsam
7. Sehr rasch
8. Schnell und spielend
1. Im ruhigen Tempo
2. Belebt, nicht zu rasch
3. Lebhaft
4. Bewegt
5. Im Anfang ruhiges, im Verlauf bewegtes Tempo
1. in C major
2. in A minor
3. in G major
4. in E minor
5. in D major
6. in B minor
7. in A major
8. in F sharp minor
9. in E major
10. in C sharp minor
11. in B major
12. in G sharp minor
13. in F sharp major
14. in E flat minor
15. in D flat major ("Raindrop")
16. in B flat minor
17. in A flat major
18. in F minor
19. in E flat major
20. in C minor
21. in B flat major
22. in G minor
23. in F major
24. in D minor
Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.1
Nocturne in D flat, Op.27 No.2
Mazurka in C minor, Op.30 No.1
Mazurka in B minor, Op.30 No.2
Mazurka in D flat, Op.30 No.3
Mazurka in C shapr minor, Op.30 No.4
Danse russe. Allegro giusto
Chez Pétrouchka
La semaine grasse. Con Moto - Allegretto - Tempo giusto - Agitato
No.1 In A Flat "Harp Study"
No.2 In F Minor
No.3 In F
No.4 In A Minor
No.5 In E Minor
No.6 In G Sharp Minor
No.7 In C Sharp Minor
No.8 In D Flat
No.9 In G Flat "Butterfly Wings"
No.10 In B Minor
No.11 In A Minor "Winter Wind"
No.12 In C Minor
1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
1. Sehr mässig
2. Sehr schnell
3. Ruhig, fliessend
1. Allegro
2. Adagio un poco mosso
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. (Allegro)
2. Larghetto
3. (Allegretto)
Prelude In C Sharp Minor BWV 849
Fugue In C Sharp Minor BWV 849
Prelude In G Major BWV 860
Fugue In G Major BWV 860
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Romance (Larghetto)
3. Rondo (Vivace)
Danse russe. Allegro giusto
Chez Pétrouchka
La semaine grasse. Con Moto - Allegretto - Tempo giusto - Agitato
1. Allegro inquieto - Andantino - Allegro inquieto - Andantino - Allegro inquieto
2. Andante caloroso - Poco piů animato - Piů largamente - un poco agitato - Tempo I
3. Precipitato
1. Sehr mässig
2. Sehr schnell
3. Ruhig, fliessend
Beginning
1. Interno dolce
2. Duro deciso
Piano entry
3. Dolcissimo sereno
Orchestra entry
Orchestra and piano entry
1. Mäßige Viertel
2. Mässige Achtel
3. Bewegte Achtel
No.1 - Leicht, zart
No.2 - Langsam
No.3 - Sehr langsame Viertel
No.4 - Rasch, aber leicht
No.5 - Etwas rasch
No.6 - Sehr langsam
1. Sehr langsam
2. Sehr rasch
3. Langsam
4. Schwungvoll. Mässige (Viertel)
5. Walzer
1. Präludium, rasch
2a. Gavotte. Etwas langsam, nicht hastig (attaca:) Rascher. Rascher - Gavotte
2b. Musette: Rascher
2c. Gavotte (da capo)
3. Intermezzo
4. Minuett: Moderato - Trio
5. Gigue: Rasch
1. Allegro moderato - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro molto
1. Allegro
2. Adagio - Piů adagio - Presto
3. Allegro molto
1. Pour les "cinq doigts" (d'aprčs Monsieur Czerny)
2. Pour les Tierces
3. Pour les Quartes
4. Pour les Sixtes
5. Pour les Octaves
6. Pour les huit doigts
7. Pour les Degrés chromatiques
8. Pour les Agréments
9. Pour les Notes répétées
10. Pour les Sonorités opposées
11. Pour les Arpčges composés
12. Pour les Accords
1. Danseuses de Delphes
2. Voiles
3. Le vent dans la plaine
4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
5. Les collines d'Anacapri
6. Des pas sur la neige
7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
9. La sérénade interrompue
10. La cathédrale engloutie
11. La danse de Puck
12. Minstrels


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