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Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos 2 & 3 / Maurizio Pollini


Release Date: 02/03/1986 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 415346   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Whatever Pollini does is done with conviction as firm as his tone, never allowing rubato to undermine the music's structure. Pollini's aristocratically authoritative way of doing things is superb.

Authoritative is the key word here. Whatever Pollini does is done with conviction as firm as his tone. Though aware that Chopin would not be Chopin without rubato, he never allows it to undermine the music's structure. In Sonata No. 2 his bold dynamic contrasts and purposeful, never lagging tread in the Funeral March itself, at once make that clear. Less objective in style than the masterful Duchable (Erato), he enjoys fuller, riper-sounding reproduction. And though in no way more perceptive than Perlemuter (Nimbus 2109—not
Read more submitted for review), that touchingly unforced, unaffected septuagenarian has not his younger rival's sheer physical exuberance in movements like the Scherzo of the B flat minor Sonata or the finale of the B minor—besides sounding as if recorded in a large, reverberant acoustic. Pollini's aristocratically authoritative way of doing things is superb.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [8/1986]
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
2. Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 1. Grave - Doppio movimento
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 2. Scherzo - Più lento - Tempo I
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 3. Marche funèbre (Lento)
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 4. Finale (Presto)
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58: 1. Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58: 2. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58: 3. Largo
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58: 4. Finale (Presto non tanto)

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