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Chopin: Late Works, Opp. 59-64 / Pollini

Chopin / Pollini
Release Date: 01/27/2017 
Label:  Dg Deutsche Grammophon Catalog #: 002591402   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After winning the International Chopin Competition over half a century ago, Maurizio Pollini adds an important new chapter to his ongoing interpretation with some of the composer's most famous late works. Included amongst opp. 59 – 64 are Mazurkas, Nocturnes, Waltzes and the great Barcarolle. After winning the International Chopin Competition over half a century ago, Maurizio Pollini adds an important new chapter to his ongoing interpretation with some of the composer's most famous late works. Included amongst opp. 59 – 64 are Mazurkas, Nocturnes, Waltzes and the great Barcarolle. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
2.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 4 in F minor, B 168 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Paris, France 
3.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
4.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Paris, France 
5.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
6.
Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 
7.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 What's with Pollini? March 11, 2017 By William Craig (BROOMFIELD, CO) See All My Reviews "This is a puzzling album. I've admired Pollini since I first heard his recordings back in the seventies; I've enjoyed his impeccable technique and his wonderfully straightforward approach, finding the full musical expression without feeling the need to editorialize. But in the last decade or so Pollini has become a bit weird in that he has become too enamored of the pedal. Not only does he pedal through passages that might better be left cleaner, but he seems reluctant to take his foot completely off the pedal - there's a sort of constant haze around the music. I noticed this in the later Beethoven recordings, and it's certainly here on this Chopin album. There's no question of technical insecurity; his fingers still do his bidding with their old precision. So this has to be a conscious choice, and I'm baffled as to why he thought it was a good idea. On the positive side, it's good to hear his views on works he has not previously recorded - the Waltzes and Mazurkas. But I'd have to say that the Barcarolle and Polonaise-Fantaisie are distinctly less satisfying than in his old recordings." Report Abuse
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