PIANO SONATAS 2-3
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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|
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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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!
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.
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.
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.