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  • Composer: Frederic Chopin
  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000001G6A
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1. Piano Sonata No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35: Grave - Doppio movimento
2. Piano Sonata No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35: Scherzo
3. Piano Sonata No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35: Marche funebre. Lento - attacca:
4. Piano Sonata No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35: Finale. Presto
5. Piano Sonata No. 3 In B Minor, Op. 58: Allegro maestoso
6. Piano Sonata No. 3 In B Minor, Op. 58: Scherzo. Molto vivace
7. Piano Sonata No. 3 In B Minor, Op. 58: Largo
8. Piano Sonata No. 3 In B Minor, Op. 58: Finale. Presto, ma non tanto

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Des trois sonates écrites par Chopin, on élimine souvent la première, plutôt considérée comme une oeuvre de jeunesse, un exercice. Les Deuxième et Troisième Sonates ont pour point commun leur dimension. Chopin s'exprime ici dans la longueur. Dans la Deuxième Sonate, le piano de Pollini se fait dramatique, profond, recueilli. Au contraire, dans la Troisième Sonate, le pianiste italien fait feu de tout bois ! Sa technique époustouflante fait des miracles dans ce grand feu d'artifice ! --Marc Aigneaux

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b6652f4) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b384f90) out of 5 stars The Chopin sonatas have never been played like this before! Jan. 31 2000
By Chip Hartranft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Maurizio Pollini is one of the most important pianists of this century, and this is one of his finest recordings. His approach to these familiar pieces is characteristically revelatory. As always, Pollini's supernatural control is fully at the service of a commanding musical sensibility to which sentimentality and neurosis are utterly foreign. He can play with a devastating power and intensity, of course - have movements 1 & 2 of the Bb minor sonata ever been rendered with such cosmic savagery? - but he is just as capable of heartbreaking lyricism, as in the hypnotic middle section of the Funeral March or the Largo of the B minor.
Oddly enough, Pollini is often criticized for being 'cold'. His remarkable memory, control, and architectural sense of a piece can strike the casual listener as premeditated, it seems. In fact, his control permits him an astonishing degree of freedom, and his live performances are spontaneous and deeply felt. There is more to Maurizio Pollini than his celebrated technique, and these recordings show that he is one of the tenderest, most deeply committed pianists on record. A must-buy!
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Christopher Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pollini's is easily the best interpretation of these sonatas I've ever heard. The standard take on these works is that they don't really have a coherent structure or traditional sense of development, and that Chopin just threw a bunch of brilliant but nevertheless disparate pieces together. In Pollini's hands the sustained unity of both is never in doubt. The "Funeral March" Sonata is miraculous. The first two movements have a wild, almost insane abandon about them, which make the hushed atmosphere of the slow movement even more menacing and intense. It's what I'd somewhat melodramatically call a dance of death in four movements. To be both manic and superbly controlled with one's playing seems a contradiction in terms, but believe me, Pollini does it. The third sonata is virtually unknown, but it is a lot like Chopin's other late work (the Bacarolle, the fourth Ballade) with its introspective, serene and meditative qualities. Although it's completely different in mood and tone from the other sonata, Pollini again is equal to the task. Pollini's Chopin is unique, and his rendition of the more intellectual works like the Etudes and the Preludes is second to none. Now he's shown what he can do with another dimension of Chopin, and to truly appreciate these sonatas, it's essential to listen to what he achieves here.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b69fc84) out of 5 stars Incredible Chopin Performances! April 10 2010
By Jay Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First, let me say I own and have heard many, many, many performances of these two sonatas. I don't think any serious performer could stake a claim to pianistic fame without coming to grips with them. Many try, but only few succeed.

This is one of the successes. The first time I heard this recording, I was simply blown away. Even two decades later, this recording amazes me. Why? In it, Pollini demonstrates total command of his instrument in the service of a piercingly unique interpretation of Chopin's world. Other pianists may give you technical perfection or they may give you stunning interpretation, but rarely do you get both. Let's not forget Pollini exploded into international prominence by taking first place in the 1965 Chopin competition. I don't think the judging panels at these competitions are taken in by technical brilliance alone. Something more is asked and Pollini provided it in spades.

I do not understand why some people dismiss Pollini as too perfect, too cold, too rational. I think it's partly because so many people demand Chopin be interpreted in only one way - precious and delicate. The premise of Romanticism was the power and importance of human emotion and feeling in direct challenge to the depressing, dehumanizing forces taking place in the 19th century. Perhaps that's why we still like music of the Romantic period - we live in the dismal triumph of rationalism. Why limit Chopin's expression to precious and delicate? Why can't it be (and for Chopin, it was) a powerful statement? Pollini's performance of these works exemplifies the power and intensity of feeling: it probes, argues, demands, doubts, regroups, and never gives in.

I've had the pleasure of hearing Pollini perform three or four times in the last twenty years. He is alleged to be especially "cold" in his Beethoven performances, but his Beethoven one night brought me to tears in the concert hall.

Everyone is entitled to their Chopin (or Beethoven, or fill-in-the-blank) interpretation preferences, but it's a mistake to limit yourself to just one. I love Pollini's Chopin recordings, but I also love and appreciate some of the Chopin recordings of other pianists.

But make no mistake - this recording is one of the greatest Chopin performances ever committed to disc.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b7aa144) out of 5 stars Pollini takes his own view of Chopin's music Dec 24 2012
By RLB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This DG recording captures the piano sound in full digital dynamic range; precisely as Pollini plays Chopin. Consistent with Pollini, he has his own definite view of the music - not copying Cortot, or Brendel, Ashkenazy etc. His fingering technique so supreme that he elicits what detail he sees fit for a phrase. He brings a "sober" quality to the Sonata #2 and a technically controlled performance to #3.
No doubt these 2 performances among the great Chopin interpretations put to media in our time. Pollini undertook committing all of Chopin's music to disc. The germaine question is: do you agree with his view of the music? And over the years as his playing style has changed, are his older (some analog) recordings to your musical liking or his self-described recent "freer style" and reinterpratations going to be in your Chopin Collection? Ashkenazy, Pollini, Ax and Perahia constitute the majority of my Chopin works. This disc gets a firm recommendation.
HASH(0x9bcf9854) out of 5 stars outstanding, of course!! March 30 2012
By Francisco P. Neto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love Chopin and Sonata nr 2 is definitely special to me. The first movement is my favorite, but the whole piece is flawlessly played by Pollini.

This is what I would call a fortunate synergy of two geniuses, one creating and the other performing. I hardly ever buy CDs nowadays, but this one was surely a welcome addition to my collection.