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The Maurizio Pollini Edition


Release Date: 03/12/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471350  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenFranz LisztPierre Boulez,   ... 
Performer:  Maurizio PolliniSlavka Taskova
Conductor:  Karl BöhmClaudio AbbadoGiuseppe SinopoliHerbert von Karajan,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraChicago Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 13 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 15 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maurizio Pollini is, of course, one of the great pianists of our age, and while like all great artists he achieves varying results on recordings, the real issue with a collection such as this is how well it represents his achievement as a whole. In general, this selection of his recordings for DG gets the job done admirably. There are some real classics here: Bartók's first two piano concertos, Beethoven's Sonatas Op. 106 and 111, the Boulez Second Sonata, Liszt's Sonata in B minor, Webern's Variations, the Schoenberg solo piano music, Chopin's Études Op. 25, and Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petrushka. All of these recordings richly deserve the accolades that they have received over the years, and each says something Read more valuable about Pollini's qualities as an artist, from his dedication to contemporary music to his superbly finished technique, intellectual rigor, and his ability to see a work whole.


But there are surprises as well. His Schubert Sonata D. 959 and especially a superb Three Piano Pieces D. 946 reveal him as far more flexible, graceful, and able to make a melody "sing" than his formidable reputation otherwise warrants. The two works by Luigi Nono (Como una ola de fuerza y luz, and ...sofferte onde serene...) are landmarks not just in Pollini's discography but in the composer's as well. Debussy's Études show Pollini less concerned than we might expect with their purely technical and intellectual challenges or modernist harmonic elements, and instead returning to his Chopinesque roots (though his Chopin impresses for exactly the opposite reasons!). Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 benefits from Pollini's finely chiseled approach and Karl Böhm's congenial accompaniments, and the same holds true for their generally impressive, grandly scaled Beethoven "Emperor" Concerto.


On the other hand, Beethoven's Third and Fourth concertos and Brahms First, all under Claudio Abbado, do not efface memories of Pollini's superior early recordings of the same works. Similarly, the live Schumann Piano Concerto under Karajan recorded in Salzburg in 1974 (included in a special bonus disc) has more urgency, warmth, and expressiveness than the official studio version with Abbado (also included here), but his recording of the same composer's Fantasy in C shares the same fine qualities as his Schubert. The "other" bonus concerto, Chopin's First, recorded live at the 1960 Chopin Piano Competition (the winning of which sent Pollini onto his international career), offers essentially the same performance as the official EMI recording from the same period, only in poor sound.


Even the performances where hard-core listeners may find the results less than stunning, either on account of the music itself (Manzoni's Masse: Omaggio a Edgard Varèse) or the ready availability of as good or better competition (Chopin's Second Piano Sonata and the "Moonlight" and "Waldstein" Sonatas of Beethoven), reveal the extremely high technical standard and seriousness of purpose that characterize everything that Pollini does. His Achilles' heel, if he can be said to have one, lies in his somewhat flinty sonority, a lack of color that tends to hardness in his less than best work; but part of that problem also has to be laid to rest at the feet of DGs engineers, whose piano recordings from the 1970s through the present never have set an industry standard. Still, in this set there's ample evidence that in Pollini we are dealing with an artist who has certainly earned his reputation for greatness, and whose finest recordings surely will withstand the test of time far into the future.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: pp1992 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: pp1992 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1991 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1988 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: pp1997 
8.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1976/7 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
9.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989 
10.
Sonata for Piano no 2 by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
11.
Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
12.
Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
13.
Como una ola de fuerza y luz by Luigi Nono
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano), Slavka Taskova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971-1972; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1973 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording.
This performance utilizes a pre-recorded tape. 
14.
Masse: Omaggio a Edgard Varèse by Giacomo Manzoni
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; Italy 
Notes: pp1980 
15.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Notes: pp1974 
16.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Notes: pp1997 
17.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1991 
18.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977 
19.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1983 
20.
Allegretto for Piano in C minor, D 915 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1985 
21.
Pieces (3) for Piano, D 946 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1985 
22.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 1 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
23.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
24.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 3 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
25.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
26.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 5 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1834; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
27.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 6 in G sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
28.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 7 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
29.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 8 in D flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
30.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 9 in G flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1834; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
31.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 10 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
32.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 11 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
33.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 12 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
34.
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 
Date of Recording: 1984 
35.
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1990 
36.
Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973 
37.
Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1983 
38.
La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (1st version) by Franz Liszt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Rome, Italy 
39.
Etudes (12) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Date of Recording: 1992 
40.
Pétrouchka by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1971 
41.
Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 11 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1974 
42.
Little Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 19 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1974 
43.
Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 23 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1923; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1974 
44.
Suite for Piano, Op. 25 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1923; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1974 
45.
Piece for Piano, Op. 33a by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928-1929; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 
46.
Piece for Piano, Op. 33b by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 
47.
Concerto for Piano, Op. 42 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 1988 
48.
Variations for piano, Op. 27 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935-1936; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1976 
49.
Sofferte onde serene by Luigi Nono
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1977 
50.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Katlewicz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Notes: pp1960 

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