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Chopin: Etudes, Préludes, Polonaises / Maurizio Pollini


Release Date: 02/08/1991 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 431221   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...Splendidly fresh... These are vividly characterized accounts, masterly and with the sound eminently present..." -- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs [2003/4 edition, reviewing the original release of the Etudes, DG 413794]

"Here is Pollini in all his early glory, in performances expertly transferred from 1976. Shorn of all virtuoso compromise or indulgence, the majestic force of his command is indissolubly integrated with the seriousness of his heroic impulse. Never have I been compelled into such awareness of the underlying malaise beneath the outward and nationalist defiance of the Polonaises. The tension and menace at the start of No. 2 are almost palpable, its storming and disconsolate
Read more continuation made a true mirror of Poland’s clouded history. The C minor Polonaise’s denouement, too, emerges with a chilling sense of finality, and Pollini’s way with the pounding audacity commencing at 3'00'' in the epic F sharp minor Polonaise is like some ruthless prophecy of every percussive, anti-lyrical gesture to come. At 7'59'' Chopin’s flame-throwing interjections are volcanic indeed, and if there is ample poetic delicacy and compensation (notably in the Polonaise-fantaisie, always among Chopin’s most profoundly speculative masterpieces), it is the more elemental side of his genius, his ‘canons’ rather than ‘flowers’ that are made to sear and haunt the memory." -- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone [2/1999, reviewing DG 457711]

"...[E]xcellent... [T]he B flat major Prelude, for example, has a most beautiful sound, with finely balanced textures, and is played with an apt flexivility of pulse. The F major piece is a marvel of delicacy and legatissimo, and there is real menace in the E flat minor..." -- Gramophone [4/1985, reviewing the original release of the Preludes, DG 413796]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1833; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 26 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 29 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1974 
Venue:  Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 36 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
5.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
6.
Polonaise for Piano in F sharp minor, B 135/Op. 44 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
7.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
8.
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 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 

Sound Samples

12 Etudes, Op.10: No.1 In C
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.2 In A Minor "Chromatique"
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.3 In E "Tristesse"
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.4 In C Sharp Minor
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.5 In G Flat "Black Keys"
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.6 In E Flat Minor
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.7 In C
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.8 In F
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.9 In F Minor
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.10 In A Flat
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.11 In E Flat
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.12 In C Minor "Revolutionary"
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.1 In A Flat "Harp Study"
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.2 In F Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.3 In F
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.4 In A Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.5 In E Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.6 In G Sharp Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.7 In C Sharp Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.8 In D Flat
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.9 In G Flat "Butterfly Wings"
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.10 In B Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.11 In A Minor "Winter Wind"
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.12 In C Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 1. In C Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 2. In A Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 3. In G Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 4. In E Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 5. In D Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 6. In B Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 7. In A Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 8. In F Sharp Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 9. In E Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 10. In C Sharp Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 11. In B Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 12. In G Sharp Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 13. In F Sharp Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 14. In E Flat Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 15. In D Flat Major ("Raindrop")
24 Préludes, Op.28: 16. In B Flat Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 17. In A Flat Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 18. In F Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 19. In E Flat Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 20. In C Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 21. In B Flat Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 22. In G Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 23. In F Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 24. In D Minor

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