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On occasion, Pollini’s Chopin has seemed cool to me, but that’s not a problem here: The music’s long runs are performed with enviable evenness, clarity, and purity cho;in tone. Introspection Late Night Partying. His playing is astoundingly beautiful with the ideal balance between light and shadow and repose and movement, but his light lacks heat, his shadows lack menace, his repose lacks rapture, and his movement lacks release.
Chopin: Nocturnes, Maurizio Pollini
Stream or buy on: There were good reasons for that fear. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Compared to the aforementioned pianists, Pollini is not as emotionally disturbing as Arrau, but he is more willing to interpret the music than Rubinstein, with his beautiful but often rather straightforward playing.
On the other hand, these are among the most “interior” of Chopin’s works, and experienced pianists late in their careers think of Arrau and Rubinstein, for example often find a chkpin in this music not necessarily available to the latest competition winners and other hotshot youngsters.
With the release of Pollini ‘s Nocturnes insomeday arrived — and it turned out to be far colder than the worst fears. For all his undeniable brilliance and virtuosity, Pollini cannot begin to comprehend the nocturnes.
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And the Chopin recordings nocturhes continued; after Pollini signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon in the s, he has returned regularly to the composer, beginning with a startling version of the Studies, and almost equally accomplished ones of the Preludes, Ballades, Polonaises and Scherzos.
Streams Videos All Posts. It’s surprising that it has taken Pollini so long to record these cornerstones of the Romantic piano repertoire.
By and large, however, the results are totally beguiling. Track Listing – Disc 2. For all the beauty of his playing — and captured in Deutsche Grammophon’s translucent sound, his performances are surely among the most beautiful ever recorded — Pollini ‘s playing here is all surface with no heart, no soul, and no spirit, and even those listeners who rank Pollini as one of the three greatest living pianists will have to acknowledge that his Nocturnes are a terrible mistake.
Indeed, he won the International Chopin Piano Competition inand he already has recorded most of the Polish master’s other major compositions. It’s nocturnse like borrowing, because, in terms of tempo, one is supposed to give back in the next measure what one has taken from the previous one.
Nocturnes 2 for piano, Op. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Such is the case with Pollini; I am glad that he waited until he was in his sixties to record these works. Just occasionally the results are too stiff, as if Pollini is unwilling to allow the natural sense of expressive line to override the music’s basic pulse completely, or to detach a melody from its accompaniment sufficiently for the tune to float free. Track Listing – Disc 1. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.
Even for listeners who have venerated the piano playing noctturnes Maurizio Pollini ever since he won the Chopin Competition ineven noctrnes listeners who have publicly averred that Pollini is bar none the greatest living Chopin player, even for listeners who have worshipped his recordings of Chopin ‘s etudes, preludes, polonaises, ballades, and scherzos, pollinl has always been a gnawing fear that inevitably Pollini would someday pol,ini around to recording Chopin ‘s nocturnes.
A pianist friend of mine refers to Rubinstein’s Chopin as “too heterosexual. This recording was made in Munich’s Herkulessaal, and it captures the piano’s tone just beautifully. It’s just that, compared to Rubinstein, he seems as attuned to the music’s darkness as to its light.
Now he tackles the Nocturnes, playing all 19 he omits two more posthumously published ones as a single sequence of exquisitely fashioned miniatures. M aurizio Pollini’s connection with Chopin goes back a long way – to the very beginning of his career, when he won the Chopin competition in Warsaw at His Chopin playing in those days stood out for its sovereign control, clarity and perfectly judged poplini, in a way that stripped away the accretions that generations of over-expressive interpretations had left on the music.
Nocturnes 3 for piano, Op. At no point does he let himself get carried away with the music — the occasional grunt or other noise pollii. Home News Contacts Copyright.