Maurizio Pollini

Steinway Legends: Maurizio Pollini

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If the intention of this two-disc set is to show off the quality of Steinway pianos, it wholly succeeds. Anyone hearing the clarity, warmth, and depth of the pianos here would have to agree that Steinways are surely among the greatest pianos ever made. If the intention of this set is to show off the quality of Maurizio Pollini as a pianist, it completely succeeds. Although he has been accused of emotional objectivity and intellectual severity, anyone hearing his performances here would have to agree that Pollini has perhaps the finest technique of any pianist in the second half of the twentieth century. In performance after performance, from his astounding Three Movements from Petrouchka by Stravinsky to his astonishing "Winter Wind" Etude by Chopin, Pollini's playing is truly breathtaking. And if as a bonus the intention of this set is to show off the quality of Deutsche Grammophon's piano recordings, it entirely succeeds. The absolute lucidity and the undeniable reality of their sound puts Pollini and his Steinway right in the room with the listener. While fans of Pollini will no doubt already have all of these previously issued recordings, anyone who doesn't already know his playing should check out this set. Just put on the last track of the second disc -- Debussy's Pour les accords from his 12 Etudes -- it's guaranteed to blow your mind.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major ("Waldstein"), Op. 53
1 10:00 Amazon
2 03:54 Amazon
3 09:28 Amazon
Symphonic Etudes ("Etudes in the form of variations") for piano (2 versions), Op. 13
4 01:21
5 01:15
6 02:53
7 01:11
8 00:53
9 01:13
10 01:33
11 01:44
12 01:03
13 02:16
14 02:24
15 00:53
16 01:10
17 01:49
18 00:39
19 01:16
20 01:33
21 06:59
Petrushka, movements (3) for piano
22 02:31 Amazon
23 04:17
24 08:31 Amazon
Variations for piano, Op. 27
25 01:52 Amazon
26 00:40 Amazon
27 03:27 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 06:31
2 04:28
Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37
3 02:15
Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25
4 04:52
Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37
5 00:58
Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25
6 03:57
Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37
7 03:32
Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25
8 02:37
Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (LW A179)
9 00:38 Amazon
10 02:39 Amazon
11 06:22 Amazon
12 01:51 Amazon
13 01:02 Amazon
14 06:22 Amazon
15 02:22 Amazon
16 03:09 Amazon
17 00:29 Amazon
18 00:52 Amazon
19 01:03 Amazon
20 01:00 Amazon
21 01:18 Amazon
22 03:12
23 04:21
24 03:35
25 05:03
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