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Maurizio Pollini - Chopin: Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Berceuse, Sonata, Opp. 55-58 (2019)

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Maurizio Pollini - Chopin: Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Berceuse, Sonata, Opp. 55-58 (2019)

Maurizio Pollini - Chopin: Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Berceuse, Sonata, Opp. 55-58 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 180 Mb | Total time: 53:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 6475 | Recorded: 2018

Maurizio Pollini, "the pre-eminent Chopinist of his generation" (Fanfare), continues his revelatory and chronological re-exploration of the Polish master's late works. This album contains the pianist's latest thoughts on Opp. 55-58 (1843/4), including the B minor Sonata and Berceuse.

Maurizio Pollini - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (55CDs Box Set, 2016)

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Maurizio Pollini - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (55CDs Box Set, 2016)

Maurizio Pollini - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (55CDs Box Set, 2016)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Run Time: 51:41:29 | 7,07 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

In anticipation of his 75th birthday in 2017, this luxurious 55-CD set presents Pollini's complete recordings on DG with their original covers, including the first ever release of Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Maxim Shostakovich (recorded in 1974). Also included are a 200-page booklet and 3 bonus DVDs: concerto recordings with Böhm and Abbado as well as Bruno Monsaingeon's documentary film De main de maître (2015).

Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 380 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 260 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 0289 477 8078 GH2 | Time: 01:50:24

There's nothing at all wrong with Maurizio Pollini's 2009 performance of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. The Italian pianist's intellectual lucidity, interpretive clarity, and technical virtuosity are apparent in every prelude and fugue, and his probing insights and penetrating analysis inform every note. However, there is almost nothing right with the sound quality of the recording. The piano sounds too distant, making it hard to hear precisely what Pollini is doing, but oddly, the ambient sound is too present, making every extraneous noise too loud. One should not hear the pedals being pressed and lifted, much less the clatter of the hammers and the twanging of the strings above the sound of the music. Worse yet, one can hear what sounds like every breath Pollini takes nearly as loudly as every note he plays. These are all grievous flaws that should have been eliminated, and their presence fatally undermines the brilliance of Pollini's performances. A reengineered version of these performances would be most welcome, but the present recording is so flawed that it virtually destroys Pollini's playing.

Maurizio Pollini - Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Late Piano Works (1990)

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Maurizio Pollini - Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Late Piano Works (1990)

Maurizio Pollini - Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Late Piano Works (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 133 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Covers included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 427 322-2 | Time: 00:45:43

No prizes for predicting that this Liszt B minor Sonata is technically flawless and beautifully structured. What may come as more of a shock (though not to those who have followed Pollini's career closely) is its sheer passion. To say that he plays as if his life depended on it is an understatement, and those who regularly accuse him of coolness should sit down in a quiet room with this recording, a decent hi-fi system and a large plateful of their own words. The opening creates a sense of coiled expectancy, without recourse to a mannered delivery such as Brendel's on Philips, and Pollini's superior fingerwork is soon evident. His virtuosity gains an extra dimension from his ability at the same time to convey resistance to it—the double octaves are demonstrably a fraction slower than usual and yet somehow feel faster, or at least more urgent. There is tensed steel in the very fabric of the playing. By the two-minute mark so much passion has been unleashed one is bound to wonder if it has not all happened too soon. But that is to underestimate Pollini's unerring grasp of the dramatic structure and its psychological progression from paragraph to paragraph; it is also to underestimate his capacity to find extra technical resources when it would seem beyond the power of flesh and blood to do so.

Maurizio Pollini - Frederic Chopin: Late Works, Opp.59-64 (2017)

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Maurizio Pollini - Frederic Chopin: Late Works, Opp.59-64 (2017)

Maurizio Pollini - Frédéric Chopin: Late Works, Opp.59-64 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 168 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 00:54:35
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 6127

Esteemed for almost 60 years as one of the greatest Chopin interpreters, Maurizio Pollini confirms his preeminence with this 2017 release on Deutsche Grammophon, and offers his first all-Chopin disc since 2012. Chopin's late works were composed between 1845 and 1849, and include the Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60, the 3 Mazurkas, Op. 59, the Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat major, Op. 61, the 2 Nocturnes, Op. 62, the 3 Mazurkas, Op. 63, the 3 Waltzes, Op. 64, and the Mazurka in F minor, Op. Posth. 68, No. 4; they are notable for their harmonic richness and freedom of melodic embellishment, characteristics that made them especially influential among his Romantic contemporaries. Pollini's fluid phrasing and control of expression and dynamics have always given his performances sophistication and a feeling of balance, though these are engaging renditions that are far from cerebral or clinical, claims that critics have sometimes laid at Pollini's door. Yet listeners can hear for themselves how polished and deeply felt these performances are, and appreciate the artistic wholeness of Pollini's conceptions, from the elegance of the "Minute" Waltz to the sublime melancholy of the posthumous Mazurka in F minor. Highly recommended for fans of great piano music.

Maurizio Pollini - Frederic Chopin: Nocturnes (2005) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Maurizio Pollini - Frederic Chopin: Nocturnes (2005) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Maurizio Pollini - Frédéric Chopin: Nocturnes (2005) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 218 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # B0005804-02 GH2 | Time: 01:30:31

Pollini's traversal of Chopin's 19 Nocturnes (he leaves out the pair of posthumous ones) is one of his finest recordings in years. His long-lined yet detailed performances are comparable to the very different ones that have long stood at the pinnacle of recorded sets. Not as serene as Artur Rubinstein's, not as philosophical as Claudio Arrau's, nor as warm as Ivan Moravec's, Pollini's interpretations have their own allure. One is the way he shapes the melodies with a natural flow enhanced by his tonal beauty, less lean and streamlined than his usual way with Romantic music.

Maurizio Pollini - Robert Schumann: Davidsbundlertanze; Concert Sans Orchestre (2001)

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Maurizio Pollini - Robert Schumann: Davidsbundlertanze; Concert Sans Orchestre (2001)

Maurizio Pollini - Robert Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze; Concert Sans Orchestre (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 172 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 124 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 471 369-2 | Time: 00:51:02

While Pollini's Schumann is not to everyone's taste – some find his virtuoso playing too cool and his bracing interpretations too intellectual – for those who revere Pollini, his Schumann is a tonic after nearly two centuries of sloppy and sentimental performance practice. Pollini's Davidsbündlertänze may not be as poetic as Arrau's and his Kreisleriana may not be as fantastic as Argerich's, but he finds meanings and significances in the works that no one ever has before. Pollini's Concert sans orchestre and Allegro in B minor are second to none in technical panache and interpretive aplomb. DG's piano sound is as real as playing the piano.