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Frederic Chopin – Late Works, Opp. 59-64 – Maurizio Pollini (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Frederic Chopin – Late Works, Opp. 59-64 – Maurizio Pollini (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:34 minutes | 905 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: Munich, Herkulessaal, 5 & 9/2015; 5/2016

After winning the International Chopin Competition over half a century ago, Maurizio Pollini adds an important new chapter to his ongoing interpretation with some of the composer’s most famous late works. On this album, the “grand master” (BBC music magazine) interprets some of Chopin’s largescale masterpieces, including six Mazurkas and three Waltzes that he has never recorded before. “I’m in love with Chopin – his music never ceases to amaze me.” – Maurizio Pollini

‘I’m in love with Chopin – his music never ceases to amaze me’, Pollini is quoted as saying on the jewel case of his latest CD. If only it sounded like it. The first thing that alienates me is the sound: the bass slightly too immediate, the treble slightly muffled, the mid-register slightly woolly, the general over-pedalling. It’s almost as though we’re sitting in the page-turner’s position rather than in the audience. Then, as the Barcarolle unfolds, it’s the boxed-in rhythms that are puzzling, along with the restricted colours, and the lack of sufficient dynamic range to articulate properly either the short-term gestures or the long-term structure. All of which proves characteristic of the recital as a whole.
The best construction I can put on this is that Pollini is attempting to show that late Chopin should be stripped of the usual attributes of pianistic flair and allowed to speak unencumbered by personal intervention, trusting that it will weave its own spell without all that baggage. Certainly the nocturnes, mazurkas and waltzes here sound as severe and uningratiating as the larger-scale Barcarolle and Polonaise-fantaisie. No lilt, no magic, no sense of wonder, only a few flickerings of poetry, and beyond the obvious technical fluency and control no virtues that might compensate for the losses. I confess I struggled to concentrate all the way to the end. What on earth happened to the Pollini who was something close to a god for me in my far-off student days? –David Fanning, Gramophone

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Late Works, Opp. 59-64
1 Barcarolle In F Sharp Major, Op. 60 00:07:55
3 Mazurkas, Op. 59
2 No. 1 In A Minor. Moderato 00:03:34
3 No. 2 In A Flat Major. Allegretto 00:02:22
4 No. 3 In F Sharp Minor. Vivace 00:02:58
5 Polonaise-Fantaisie In A Flat Major, Op. 61 00:11:31
2 Nocturnes, Op. 62
6 No. 1 In B Major. Andante 00:05:45
7 No. 2 In E Major. Lento 00:05:01
3 Mazurkas, Op. 63
8 No. 1 In B Major. Vivace 00:01:55
9 No. 2 In F Minor. Lento 00:01:50
10 No. 3 In C Sharp Minor. Allegretto 00:02:00
3 Valses, Op. 64
11 No. 1 In D Flat Major. Molto vivace 00:01:43
12 No. 2 In C Sharp Minor. Tempo giusto 00:03:20
13 No. 3 In A Flat Major. Moderato 00:02:40
Mazurka In F Minor, Op. Posth. 68
14 No. 4 Andantino 00:02:00

Maurizio Pollini, piano


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