Maurizio Pollini

Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms: Concertos

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Originally released between 1976 and 2007, the offerings in this eight-CD box set represent Maurizio Pollini's exemplary concerto recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, including all of Ludwig van Beethoven's cycle, the two piano concertos by Johannes Brahms, and six of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's masterpieces in performances that rank among the pianist's finest. Pollini's polished playing made these recordings favorites among connoisseurs, who admire his clarity and precision, and the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic gave them the richness and radiance of their warm accompaniment. Conducting duties were divided almost evenly between Karl Böhm, Claudio Abbado, and Pollini himself, who directed four of the Mozart concertos from the piano, in the Classical tradition. While fans are likely to own all or most of these recordings in separate releases, whether on vinyl or CD, this set is convenient for collectors who would like to have them all in a space-saving trimline package and would be a generous introduction for new listeners.

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